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1 Presented By: Dr. Chavonne Lenoir Perotte & Alaina Renson Princeton Center for Leadership Training

2 All students should have the skills and resources to develop safe and supportive relationships that provide meaningful connections and personal fulfillment

3 Princeton Center for Leadership Training

4 Break the Cycle New Jersey Health Initiatives Hazelden HiTOPS, Inc. NJPSA/FEA

5 Prevalence Approximately 1/3 adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Teen victims are more likely to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy diet behaviors, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Forty-three percent of dating violence victims report that the experience occurred on school grounds. One in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former partner. 20-29% of all high school students report being psychologically abused in the last year.

6 P.L. 2011, Chapter 64 – NJSA 18A: 35-4.23a, 18A:37-33 et. al Enacted on May 4, 2011 Implementation began on September 1, 2011

7 All school districts must have a policy to prevent, respond, and educate Requires dating violence education in Health and Physical Education for grades 7-12 Schools must create policies to incorporate the following six components NJ Law

8 1. Dating violence will not be tolerated 2. Establish dating violence reporting procedures 3. Establish guidelines for responding to at- school incidents 4. Establish discipline procedures 5. Warning signs 6. Information on available resources PolicyRequirements Policy Requirements

9 NJ Department of Education Model Policy

10 Learn More May 21, 2012, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Egg Harbor Township May 23, 2012, 9:00 -3:00 p.m. – Warren County Tech Register at


12 Develop a school policy Create a Stakeholder Team Involve parents and other adult caretakers Utilize an interactive, comprehensive curriculum Provide comprehensive training for faculty Connect students with community resources Ensure consistency of implementation Evaluate your program

13 Application in Best Practices

14 Develop a School Policy New Jersey Department of Education created a Model Policy for schools to utilize Informational and capacity building trainings are available for local school districts

15 Application in Best Practices

16 Overview of Safe Dates Safe Dates consists of a 10-session curriculum with a play, poster contest, parent materials, and an evaluation questionnaire The developer found it is effective at reducing and preventing teen dating violence Recognized by SAMHSA and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Selected by NJHI as focus for 3-year grant cycle Utilized by many recipients of Start Strong, national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

17 Develop a Stakeholder Team & Provide Comprehensive Training Built upon existing relationships with schools Provided initial implementation training Designed and facilitated Advanced Trainings utilizing relevant media topics Provided resources, including Respect Works!, a comprehensive model that includes Safe Dates, Ending Violence, model policy kit, Speak, Act, Change Provided on-site technical assistance

18 Involve Parents and Other Adults Some grantees invited community members to the performance of the play Involve the parents and community in the poster contest Hang posters around the school and ask for staff feedback

19 Utilize an interactive, comprehensive curriculum Safe Dates utilizes a variety of strategies to engage students: Interactive icebreakers and movement Class and smaller group discussions Brainstorming Role plays Dramatic readings Comprehensive curriculum includes: Defining caring relationships and dating abuse Helping Friends Gender Stereotypes Emotions Communication Dating Sexual Abuse

20 Connect Students with Community Resources Invited community organizations to Advanced Topics Training for instructors to learn more and connect Created a resource list for instructors, including websites and community organizations listed by county

21 Evaluate your program Student Surveys Identification of abusive behaviors Student Focus Groups Students remembered key themes Instructor Focus Groups Stakeholder Surveys 89% reported seeing changes in their school Many indicated an intent to sustain the program

22 Comprehensive training is most effect when it incorporates feedback from instructors and involves relevant media events Having more individuals in a school involved in a program will ensure sustainability Schools will adapt programs to their community; provide technical assistance to ensure fidelity as well It is helpful to incorporate feedback from students, staff members, administrators, and community members

23 Resources Princeton Center for Leadership Training HiTOPS, Inc. - Break the Cycle - Hazelden – NJSPA/FEA – NJHI –

24 Questions?

25 Your Turn… What belief or value do you hold that will inspire you to action on this issue within your school community?

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