Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Adopted January 2013 – Community Concerns Commission

The California State PTA believes in the importance of preventing and eliminating factors that may be detrimental to the health, safety and well-being of all children, families and youth. Recognizing that any circumstance that interferes with a child’s potential to become a healthy, educated, productive citizen places that child at risk, the California State PTA believes prevention and intervention programs are vital. (Prevention and Intervention Programs)

The California State PTA and its units, councils and districts have reaffirmed their commitment to the promotion and support of violence prevention in schools and communities. (Violence Prevention in Schools resolution 1999)

According to the California Student Survey (CSS) 2009/ 2010, at least one incident of physical dating violence was reported by 3.0% of 9th graders and 7.0% of 11th graders.

Among students who had a boy/girlfriend, the rates of dating violence were 5.4% in 9th grade and 11.0% in 11th grade.

The California State PTA believes children are the future and must be protected from harm. PTA further believes all children are entitled to live and grow in an atmosphere of love and respect, and no child should be subjected to physical, psychological, verbal or sexual abuse. (Child Abuse)

The home and school are two of the strongest influences in shaping attitudes of children. All schools must be deeply involved with positive human relations in the education of the child.

To protect our children and youth from teen dating violence the California State PTA supports state legislation that:

  • Authorizes school districts to provide education programs and policies that promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence to pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, through curricular, extracurricular, and school climate-improvement activities;
  • Authorizes school districts to work in partnership with parents, caregivers, and youth, domestic violence, sexual assault, or other appropriate community-based organizations, as deemed appropriate by the school district, to provide these education programs;
  • Authorizes school districts that choose to provide education programs that promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence to use research-based materials that are appropriate for pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and for pupils with disabilities;
  • Authorizes training for all school staff, including any security guards or police personnel that work at the school, on dating abuse and sexual assault, as well as how to handle reports of dating abuse by students, enforcement of the school’s dating abuse policy, and enforcement of civil or criminal orders of protection;
  • Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide information about model education programs that are designed to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence on the State Department of Education’s Internet Website, as specified.
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