Friday, January 27th, 2017

Teen Dating Violence

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many students may be preoccupied by the romance of the holiday, but there is a darker side of teen romance faculty and staff should be prepared to recognize: teen dating violence.

According to LoveIsRespect.org, teen dating violence is all too common. Their website states the following harrowing statistics:

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend

PublicSchoolWORKS has training and reporting resources to help your staff better support students in need. The Teen Dating Violence online staff training course is part of PublicSchoolWORKS’ Physical, Mental & Online Well Being for Students course catalog. The course defines teen dating violence and abuse, lists teen dating violence risk factors, discusses the impact of such violence on victims and explains why victims stay with perpetrators. To help educators recognize and respond to teen dating violence, the course lists common indicators and details how to meet with victims and perpetrators. Lastly, the course discusses common school-intervention strategies and provides a resource list for educators.

Students experiencing teen dating violence can report incidents anonymously using PublicSchoolWORKS’ Student Safety Reporting System. Once a student submits a report via telephone or online, designated administrators are immediately notified to investigate and intervene as appropriate. This helps ensure all reports are investigated and that nothing falls through the cracks. The system also comes with a crisis hotline to provide students with immediate crisis prevention resources and a built-in urgent response call tree should an administrator need to be reached after hours.

Contact us today to learn how you can better support your student body and implement these services.

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