Opportunities for teen dating violence prevention policy advocacy
Efforts to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence in schools are imperative in order to improve student health, safety and academic achievement. (See our fact sheet on the connection between teen dating violence, school safety and academic achievement.) That is why the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence(the Partnership) is sponsoring Assembly Bill 1373 (Fong): healthy relationships promotion, teen dating violence prevention. Authored by Assembly Member Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), AB 1373 would authorize schools to provide education to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence in grades 7 to 12, and direct the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide information about model programs on its website.
Our advocacy for AB 1373 began at our 2011 Legislative Action Day on March 7 at the Capitol. Now through October 2011, CPEDV, our members and allies will be engaged in grassroots and legislative advocacy in support of AB 1373.
To find out more information about AB 1373, see ourfact sheet. To get involved in advocacy for AB 1373,contact Heather Minton, Legislative and Public Affairs Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisa Fujie Parks, Prevention Program Manager, at email@example.com.