Presentation on theme: "Is Your School Safe? Dating Abuse and Relationship Violence on Campus, and How You and Your SHAC Can Help. Abe."— Presentation transcript:
1Is Your School Safe?Dating Abuse and Relationship Violence on Campus, and How You and Your SHAC Can Help.Abe
2Who we are… Abriel Young, Prevention Coordinator Abe/MollyAbriel Young, Prevention CoordinatorTexas Council on Family Violence
3Molly Voyles, Policy Manager Texas Council on Family Violence Who we are…Molly Voyles, Policy Manager Texas Council on Family Violence
4Where we work…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 HotlineLove is respect- National Dating Abuse HelplineTexas Council on Family Violence
5Dating and domestic violence are preventable Dating and domestic violence are preventable. We will talk about three ways your school can help:1. Texas’ Policy Response to Teen Dating Violence2. Awareness & Prevention Education for students3. An established relationship with local family violence program
6Teen Dating ViolenceAccording 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.Molly
7Teen Dating Violence & the CSH Model Increase health knowledge, attitudes, and skills.Increase positive health behaviors and health outcomes.Improve education outcomes.Improve social outcomes.Molly
8Teen Dating Violence: Know the Stats One in three students report experiencing some form of abuse¼ of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse22.4 % of adult female victims and 15% of adult male victims first experienced some form of partner violence between the ages of 11 & 17In a recent study, 75% of 7th grade students were already dating and 37% reported being a victim of psychological dating violenceMolly
9Dating Violence, Health, and School Teen dating violence victims are more likely to:Do poorly in schoolBecome depressedBecome pregnantEngage in other unhealthy behaviors like abusing drugs and alcoholExperience a higher rate of victimization in collegeAbe
11A Policy Response…2001SB 68—Adds the definition of dating violence to the Texas Family Code (Section )2007HB 121--Requires every Texas school district to adopt a dating violence policy.2011SB 736—Domestic violence programs are specifically listed as permissive members of School Health Advisory Councils (SHAC’s.)
12A Policy Response…The tragic deaths of Ortralla “ Trella” Mosley & Jennifer Ann Crecente spurred a call to action.Carolyn White-Mosley founded Trella’s Foundation in 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.
13A Policy Response…HB 121 created Section of the Texas Education Code which requires:Every school district in Texas to adopt a dating violence policy.
14A Policy Response…The policy must include a definition of dating violence and address:Safety planningEnforcement of protective orders and school-based alternatives to protective ordersTraining for teachers and administratorsCounseling for affected studentsAwareness education for students and parentsAbe starts
15A Policy Response…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.
16A Policy Response…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.
17Implementing a Policy Response Link up with your local family violence program. They can be found here: directoryTalk to your SHAC and discuss ways to address dating violence as a public health issue in your schools.If you don’t have a dating violence policy, look to the model policy produced by the Texas Dating Violence Prevention Team: lence%20Policy.pdf
18Awareness and Prevention Education for Students: A School-wide Approach
19School-wide Approach1) Healthy relationship curricula delivered at all age levels by trained educators.2) Cultivation of a student culture/school climate where:abuse and violence are never tolerated,healthy relationships are celebrated, andbystander intervention is the normyouth leadership is supportedyouth-oriented relationship resources are available3) School is connected to local family violence programAbe startsfor resources, programming, and guidance. Healthworkers, teachers, and staff are trained to dialogue, affirmstudent feelings, and make referrals when disclosuresarise.
20Healthy Relationship Curricula: High School:SafeDatesHelps students understanddifferences between safe & supportiverelationships and abusive, controlling onesJunior High/ High School:The Fourth RFocuses on relationship knowledge and skills to improve decision-making around risk behaviors that occur in relationships: bullying, substance abuse, and dating violence
21PreK-8th Grade:SecondSTEP Social-Emotional Learning ProgramElementary Grades:OLWEUS BullyingPrevention Program
22Cultivating School Climate Open, safe dialogue about relationship matters between teachers and studentsSports-based prevention efforts (CBIM)Nurturing student leadership against violenceService-learning projects connecting classroom to local DV programArt and spoken word forumsPosters, PSA’s, wallet cards*What if I can’t do a big curricula like that? No time, no money? Cultivating school climate is also KEY.
23Youth-Friendly Resources 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. They’re great for handing out to large groups and can be carried discreetly.
26Hanging Out or Hooking Up is a safety card for teens 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.
27Tips 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.
30Family Violence Programs in Texas 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: directory
31Build a Connection with Your Family Violence Program Family violence programs provide safety planning and supportMany offer free educational programs and school- based curricula to prevent dating abuseThey are a source of up-to-date materials and resources for distribution amongst your students
32Counselors take referrals and can help students who are being abused or abusing others Teachers can get guidance and support dealing with disclosures or crisis interventionYouth who volunteer with their local FV program can learn to be peer leaders and become voices for change.
33Thank you for believing that every person deserves to live a healthy life, free of violence and abuse.
34Reources Texas Council on Family Violence www.tcfv.org LoveIsRespect Futures Without Violence