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DATING VIOLENCE EDUCATION IN U.S. SCHOOLS May 25, 2011

Posted by Kate in Domestic Abuse, Teenage Relationships.
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In spite of the effectiveness of dating abuse education in our schools, only 1 in 4 teenagers are receiving this valuable educational tool.  According to a 2009 study:

  • 25% of teens report having a course on dating abuse in school.
  • Among teens who said they took a course on dating abuse, 75% say it helped them learn about the signs of abusive relationships.

With the passage of the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Rhode Island became the first state to mandate that schools teach a curriculum on healthy relationships and dating abuse to teenagers.  The schools are free to choose which curriculum to utilize.

Some other states have since passed education mandates as well – Texas, Ohio, Nebraska and Florida.  Other states have pending legislation or have considered it in the past.  Sadly, some states have yet to even consider this important weapon in preventing domestic violence.  Click here to see a map of the states, the darkest states have the strongest education mandates.

States that have the strongest mandatory education legislation enacted:
Rhode Island (Lindsay Ann Burke Act)
Ohio (Tina Croucher Act)
Texas
Nebraska (Adopted Lindsay Ann Burke Act)
Florida
Louisiana – not as strong language as other states in this category, which is why it’s color is not as dark on the map

Have legislation enacted for voluntary school education:
Arizona
Illinois
New Hampshire

Have teen bullying legislation passed:
Massachusetts

Have legislation mandating that teachers are trained to recognize dating violence:
Connecticut

Have passed legislation to study the problem:
Delaware
Hawaii
Indiana
New Mexico
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Washington

Have pending legislation:
California
Iowa
Kansas
Maryland
New Jersey
New York
Oklahoma
Oregon
South Carolina
Virginia

Have considered legislation but it failed to pass and have none currently pending:
Georgia
Michigan
Montana
Utah

States that have no existing legislation, none ever considered or pending:
Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Idaho
Kentucky
Maine
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Dakota
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

To join the Love Is Not Abuse coalition to encourage dating abuse education in our schools, please click here.

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