For Teen DV Month 2017, we’re asking you to be part of something big: let’s work to end adolescent dating abuse in California, one campus at a time. Many young people are beginning their relationships with other students–and when one in four experiences dating abuse each year, it’s difficult to focus on learning. We’re calling on school boards across California to help turn this statistic around, and we know what works. When middle and high schools create policies that foster healthy relationship behaviors early, they can last a lifetime.
Wherever you live, your campus can be ready. County by county, we can transform the Golden State into a place where young people don’t have to experience dating abuse. Click our action areas below to get started.
Did you know that almost half of students in an abusive dating situation experience some of it on school grounds? School policies can create a brighter future for young people in abusive relationships, their peers, and students exposed to domestic violence at home. When you send an email to your community’s school board encouraging these policies, you’re standing for safe, connected campuses, in which every student feels protected enough to learn:
Students are beginning their first relationships on middle and high school campuses. Not everyone has a healthy experience. Students in abusive relationships often feel isolated, controlled & unable to focus on school. Others have questions about what a healthy relationship looks like–from texting to time spent together. Schools in your community can be ready to begin (or enhance!) plans to prevent adolescent dating abuse.