Dating Abuse Policies in California Schools
  • Petitioned California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

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Dating Abuse Policies in California Schools

    1. California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
    2. Petition by

      California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

There have been 20 teen dating abuse murders in California in just the last 3 years.

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in four adolescents report verbal, emotional, physical or sexual dating violence each year. A substantial number of dating abuse incidents occur on campus, threatening the safety of students and staff, distracting students from learning, and compromising the school climate. Yet, dating abuse is one of the most overlooked forms of violence.

While California has taken steps to strengthen school responses to peer-to-peer bullying and violence, the Education Code has a serious gap when it comes to dating abuse: it does not define dating abuse, require schools to prohibit it, or ensure that schools have dating abuse policies in place.

AB 1880 is necessary because it will remedy gaps in existing law. It will ensure that schools are informed about dating abuse and have policies in place to prevent, recognize, intervene, and respond. Specifically, this bill would:

1. Require middle schools and high schools to establish a dating abuse policy as they review and update their mandated school safety plans;

2. Require schools to specify procedures for responding to incidents of dating abuse, including protocol for working with the targeted student and the alleged offender;

3. Require schools to provide annual written notice to parents and guardians of the dating abuse policy and how to make a complaint or help their child make a complaint of dating abuse; and,

4. Include dating abuse in training offered by the State Department of Education to school districts and county offices of education, to assist them in the development of their safety plans.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. AB 1880 passed out of Assembly Education Committee!

      Now AB 1880 will head to Assembly Appropriations Committee, where we must show that Californians demand that schools adopt policies to address dating abuse!

      The Appropriations Committee is where far too many dating abuse bills have failed in the past 15 years, because Legislators say that addressing dating abuse *costs too much.*

      California Legislators need to hear our message loud and clear: NOT addressing dating abuse costs our children, families and communities TOO MUCH!

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • adriane bellard OKC, OK
      • over 1 year ago


    • Liz Gomez LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am signing for Cindi Santana, who was stabbed and died on campus by her boyfriend!

    • Anna Taylor ANAHEIM HILLS, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      As an advocate for sexual assault and rape victims I emplore every human being to search their soul to find the tenderness that reaches out, to pull back the protective screen from covering the offenders and alleged offenders, in order to place a "Strong Halt" to dating abuse and dating violence. Let's bring on a Policy that's been lingering in minds and conversations, and place it into action!

    • patricia ginter RILLTON, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing my sisters name, she is in California; I think it is Bakersfield. She is a victim too.

    • Alexis Milea BERKELEY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This bill would increase awareness, provide important training, and implement valuable tools for addressing these issues


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