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1 Dating Abuse and Relationship Violence on Campus, and How You and Your SHAC Can Help.

2 Abriel Young, Prevention Coordinator Texas Council on Family Violence

3 Molly Voyles, Policy Manager Texas Council on Family Violence

4 Mission – The Texas Council on Family Violence promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence. The National Council on Family Violence operates: The National Domestic Violence Hotline Love is respect- National Dating Abuse Helpline Texas Council on Family Violence

5 Dating and domestic violence are preventable. We will talk about three ways your school can help: 1. Texas Policy Response to Teen Dating Violence 2. Awareness & Prevention Education for students 3. An established relationship with local family violence program

6 According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Teen Dating Violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/ emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner.

7 Increase health knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Increase positive health behaviors and health outcomes. Improve education outcomes. Improve social outcomes.

8 One in three students report experiencing some form of abuse ¼ of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse 22.4 % of adult female victims and 15% of adult male victims first experienced some form of partner violence between the ages of 11 & 17 In a recent study, 75% of 7 th grade students were already dating and 37% reported being a victim of psychological dating violence

9 Teen dating violence victims are more likely to: Do poorly in school Become depressed Become pregnant Engage in other unhealthy behaviors like abusing drugs and alcohol Experience a higher rate of victimization in college

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11 2001 SB 68Adds the definition of dating violence to the Texas Family Code (Section ) 2007 HB 121--Requires every Texas school district to adopt a dating violence policy SB 736Domestic violence programs are specifically listed as permissive members of School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs.)

12 The tragic deaths of Ortralla Trella Mosley & Jennifer Ann Crecente spurred a call to action. Carolyn White-Mosley founded Trellas Foundation in 2005 in memory of her daughter. To learn more go to: Representative Dawnna Dukes championed a new approach in Texas response to teen dating violence in schools by passing HB 121.

13 HB 121 created Section of the Texas Education Code which requires: Every school district in Texas to adopt a dating violence policy.

14 The policy must include a definition of dating violence and address: Safety planning Enforcement of protective orders and school-based alternatives to protective orders Training for teachers and administrators Counseling for affected students Awareness education for students and parents

15 Great progress was made, but there is always more to do… SB 736 (82R) supports the involvement of family violence programs on SHACs by expressly listing representatives from these programs as potential members.

16 SB 736: Is an important tool in assisting Texas school districts in complying with the awareness education requirements of Section of the Texas Education Code. Creates a natural pairing between dating violence education and health. Partners experts already serving on local SHACs with those knowledgeable in dating violence to enhance their capacity to shape the way education on this important issue occurs in their district.

17 Link up with your local family violence program. They can be found here: directoryhttp://www.tcfv.org/resources/service- directory Talk to your SHAC and discuss ways to address dating violence as a public health issue in your schools. If you dont have a dating violence policy, look to the model policy produced by the Texas Dating Violence Prevention Team: lence%20Policy.pdf lence%20Policy.pdf

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19 1) Healthy relationship curricula delivered at all age levels by trained educators. 2) Cultivation of a student culture/school climate where: o abuse and violence are never tolerated, o healthy relationships are celebrated, and o bystander intervention is the norm o youth leadership is supported o youth-oriented relationship resources are available 3) School is connected to local family violence program

20 High School: SafeDates Helps students understand differences between safe & supportive relationships and abusive, controlling ones Junior High/ High School: The Fourth R Focuses on relationship knowledge and skills to improve decision-making around risk behaviors that occur in relationships: bullying, substance abuse, and dating violence

21 PreK-8 th Grade: SecondSTEP Social- Emotional Learning Program Elementary Grades: OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program

22 Open, safe dialogue about relationship matters between teachers and students Sports-based prevention efforts (CBIM) Nurturing student leadership against violence Service-learning projects connecting classroom to local DV program Art and spoken word forums Posters, PSAs, wallet cards *

23 Love Is Respect, the National Dating Abuse Helpline, answers calls, chats, and texts 24/7. Their wallet-sized cards ask "How do you define love?" on the front and list the warning signs of abuse and loveisrespect's resources on the back. Theyre great for handing out to large groups and can be carried discreetly.

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26 Hanging Out or Hooking Up is a safety card for teens. The card challenges all teens to consider how their boyfriend/girlfriend treats them, identifying dynamics of healthy relationships and signs that may indicate abuse. The card also explores how to confront excessive text messaging and identifies dynamics of consensual versus pressured sex including the ability to use birth control.

27 Tips are provided to those wanting to support a friend who may be facing relationship abuse. The card is written in gender-neutral terms and may be used by females, or males in either heterosexual or LGTBQ relationships. The card lists national toll-free hotlines for support specific to dating abuse, suicide prevention, teen runaway, rape, incest and abuse.

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30 In Texas, there are over 100 family violence service providers. These providers offer quality victim- centered services to survivors of family violence and their children. Texas family violence programs may offer a variety of critical services such as 24-hour emergency shelter, nonresidential services or advocacy. To learn more about who your local agency is go to: directoryhttp://www.tcfv.org/resources/service- directory

31 Family violence programs provide safety planning and support Many offer free educational programs and school- based curricula to prevent dating abuse They are a source of up-to-date materials and resources for distribution amongst your students

32 Counselors take referrals and can help students who are being abused or abusing others Teachers can get guidance and support dealing with disclosures or crisis intervention Youth who volunteer with their local FV program can learn to be peer leaders and become voices for change.

33 Thank you for believing that every person deserves to live a healthy life, free of violence and abuse.

34 Texas Council on Family Violence LoveIsRespect Futures Without Violence

35 Abriel Young Molly Voyles


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