Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
To break this cycle of dating violence, adolescents need to know how to identify the warning signs of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, and where to get help if they find themselves or a friend in an abusive situation.
The Teen Dating Violence Prevention bill (H559) will require NC public high schools to adopt and implement a dating abuse policy that provides procedures to respond to teen dating violence, as well as include teen dating violence prevention (TDVP) education in the health curriculum. TDVP education and resources are life-saving, and will incur little to no additional costs to the NC school systems.
Around the country, states have passed legislation to prevent teen dating violence. To date, at least 15 states (Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington) have passed laws that urge or require school boards to develop teen dating violence policies and education.
North Carolina cannot wait for a teen dating violence tragedy to begin mandating school policy and preventative education in our schools.
Let's end this epidemic.
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