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Resources for school districts

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Many resources exist to support school districts in crafting and enacting policies and procedures to address dating abuse and support healthy teen relationships.

Fact sheets

Teen Dating Violence – A Fact Sheet for Schools (US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students)

Fact Sheet: Teen Dating Violence, Student Safety and Academic Achievement (California Partnership to End Domestic Violence)

Policy guidance / model policies

US Department of Education Dear Colleague letter to state school chiefs requesting immediate action to reduce gender-based violence in schools and to help ensure all students are safe. The letter and additional materials were part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to raise awareness of gender-based violence. 

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Policy Change (Futures Without Violence). This website includes guidance on crafting and enacting a school policy. The website includes a model policy, School and District Policies to Increase Student Safety and Improve School Climate: Promote Healthy Relationships and Prevent Teen Dating Violence, and evaluation data about school policy change efforts. 

A Guide to Addressing Teen Dating and Sexual Violence in a School Setting 2008(California Attorney General’s Office)

A Preventable Epidemic: Teen Dating Violence 2004 (California Attorney General’s Office and California Department of Education)

Online training for educators

Dating Matters (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Get Smart. Get Help. Get Safe. Teenage Dating Abuse Training for Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (US Department of Education National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments). This training module prepares school nurses, school counselors and school psychologists to identify and respond appropriately to signs of dating abuse. 

Technical assistance and training 

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

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