Health Program Approximately 10 percent of all high school students report experiencing physical dating violence in the previous 12 months, and approximately 10 percent report experiencing sexual dating violence in the previous 12 months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC.
Unhealthy relationships during the teen years can disrupt normal development and contribute to other unhealthy behaviors in teens that can lead to problems over a lifetime. Teens who experience dating violence are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, engage in unhealthy behaviors such as experimenting with tobacco, drugs and alcohol, and have thoughts about suicide, according to the CDC.
The mental and physical health consequences can extend into adulthood, and unhealthy relationships in adolescence also can create a cycle of abusive relationships. Prevention initiatives include early education about safe dating practices. Efforts that provide education and information about healthy relationships often include components that address problem-solving skills and avoidance of risky behaviors.
Some require schools to develop policies related to dating violence and other school violence. Many states have also adopted teen dating violence awareness weeks or months, in an effort to draw the public's attention to a national campaign that promotes prevention, healthy relationships, and offers information and resources. State Description of Law Arizona Ariz. Requires education programs to include instruction regarding the prevention of sexual violence in dating and teaching young people how to recognize and respond safely and effectively in situations where sexual or physical violence may be occurring.
The law also requires school districts and charter schools to add comprehensive healthy relationships programming as part of the student health classes. Would require district school boards to adopt and implement a dating violence and abuse policy and provides policy requirements.
Also would require the Department of Education to develop a model policy that includes school personnel training. Local boards may implement such programs at any time and for any grade level local boards find appropriate, and the state board shall encourage the implementation of such programs. In addition, the state board shall make information regarding such programs available to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Provides that the Comprehensive Health Education Program may include instruction on teen dating violence for specified grade levels.
These policies are required to clearly state that teen dating violence will not be tolerated, and need to include guidelines for addressing alleged incidents of teen dating violence. Requires school districts to adopt a dating violence prevention policy and to include dating violence prevention education within the health education curriculum.
The model policy shall be implemented on or before April 1, Each school district's policy should include a policy for responding to incidents of dating violence and to provide dating violence education to students, parents, staff, faculty and administrators, in order to prevent dating violence and to address incidents involving dating violence.
The curriculum is intended to increase awareness of teen dating violence and sexual violence, including rape prevention strategies, resources available, etc. This law also provides for the deferral of adjudication and dismissal of certain dating violence cases. The school policy should provide training for teachers and administrators and awareness education for students and parents.
It should also enforce protective orders or school based alternative including counseling for affected students. The policy is also required to addressing safety planning. SB of Va. The guidelines promote parental involvement, foster positive self concepts and provide mechanisms for coping with peer pressure and the stresses of modern living according to the students' developmental stages and abilities.
The Board shall also establish requirements for appropriate training for teachers of family life education, which shall include training in instructional elements to support the various curriculum components. The model curriculum shall include, but is not limited to, instruction on developing conflict management skills, communication skills, domestic violence and dating violence, financial responsibility, and parenting responsibility.