According to the Teen Dating Violence Initiative enacted by Congress, more than 40 percent of high school students (male and female, ages 16 to 19) have been the victim of dating violence (verbal, physical or emotional) at least once. Trust Shared decision-making Respect Compromise Open communication Recognizing and respecting differences Mutually agreed upon intimacy Openness Sharing Taking responsibility for one's own actions Females between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of domestic violence.Approximately 43% of teen dating violence victims reported that the dating abuse they experienced occurred in a school building or on school grounds.

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What is Teen Dating Abuse Teen dating violence is abusive behavior: physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or social that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other person.

Social Abuse Spreading rumors or using blackmail to control a partner’s actions Keeping a partner “in check” by monitoring their cell phone constantly or using friends to keep tabs on them Isolating a partner from her/his friends and family Using religion/culture to control partner Threatens to tell your parents or friends private things about you Start fights that never seem to end Always accuses you of cheating Threatens to "out" you Makes you feel badly about yourself, your friends or your family? The signs and symptoms of abuse within teenage relationships are similar to those of other types of domestic violence. In a healthy, loving relationship, people trust and support one another and respect each other’s independence.

They may include physical violence, sexual assault, and emotional and/or psychological abuse. First you feel as though you are walking on eggshells. The abuser then apologizes and promises not to do it again. In a healthy relationship, your partner should want what is best for you.

Teen Dating Violence presentation will address the legal responsibilities that schools have to address teen dating violence, as well as discuss a model policy that schools can adopt to address dating violence.

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Teen dating violence is a pervasive problem that affects all communities, and schools should take an active role to prevent and address it. Presented by: Laura Riley, California Women’s Law Center Stephanie Rector, California Women’s Law Center LAAC recognizes that the Go To Webinar platform may not be accessible to all advocates.


This session will provide rule of law and policy updates enacted since the first 2010 training on this topic.