School policy and dating violence

with CD-ROM and DVD Author: Jim Dillon Item: 2633 ISBN-10: 1592854206 ISBN-13: 9781592854202 Publisher: Hazelden Published Year: 2008 Online Price: 9.00 Each The program aims to change the social dynamics on the school bus by building strong, positive relationships among students (and the bus driver) and teaching students to take responsibility for their "bus route group" and what happens on the bus.The program also teaches students about bullying and their role in preventing it. More than one-third of 10th-graders (35 percent) have been physically or verbally abused by dating partners, while a similar percentage are perpetrators of such abuse. are physically abused by dating partners every year.A member of the Domestic Violence Network’s middle- and high-school Youth Network, De Leon plans activities to inform students about unsafe or unhealthy relationships.She’s also a student leader with the “No More Club,” which seeks to end the silence on dating abuse.“If they choose not to take action, for me, they are a bystander.”The study exposed multiple instances of high-school principals seemingly misinformed or uninformed on teen dating violence.For example, respondents were most likely to assume that counselors and parents are preferable to students’ peers in assisting victims.

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Maintaining open lines of communication may help them form healthy relationships and recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships, thus preventing the violence before it starts.

The program assumes that the main responsibility of adults is to teach and model for students appropriate school bus behavior and to organize activities so students build stronger relationships with others in their bus route group.

This, in turn, instills in students a sense of responsibility for the social climate and what happens on the bus, when school staff members are not there.

Less than a third (30 percent) posted information on teen dating violence that was easily available and accessible to students—posted in hallways or the cafeteria, for example—and just 35 percent specifically addressed dating abuse in their school’s violence-prevention policies.

Further, when principals were presented with several options and asked to identify the largest barrier to assisting student victims, the second most-common response—following lack of training—was that “dating violence is a minor issue compared with other student health issues we deal with.”According to Jagdish Khubchandani, the associate professor of health science at Ball State University and the study’s lead author, some school principals are hampered by faculty and staff without sufficient skills and training; others, meanwhile, mistakenly perceive dating violence as a typical, trivial teenage problem.

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