Pennsylvania has a model policy for schools to use to address teen dating violence, but it is not mandatory that schools adopt it.
Not all Pennsylvania schools have a policy to bring prevention programs to schools.
This work can build healthy relationships and prevent dating violence. Both males and females can be victims of dating abuse (also called relationship abuse).
Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past dating relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager.
Research In 2008, Break the Cycle partnered with the DC Office of Victim Services and the District of Columbia Public Schools to launch a comprehensive program to address teen dating violence.
Teen dating violence — also called intimate relationship violence or intimate partner violence among adolescents or adolescent relationship abuse — includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship.
Building off a long history of research in the area of intimate partner violence, NIJ is now looking to relationships during adolescence to understand the factors that put individuals at risk for involvement in abusive romantic relationships as adults.
It’s where their boyfriends and girlfriends may be.
Schools can help them learn what healthy relationships look like.