The school environment is shaped by influencers of that environment, including teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators, healthcare providers, as well as, of course, peers, parents and other caring adults.
Within the school environment, influencers can make the desired behavior desirable, reinforce and reward the desired behavior, redirect the undesired behavior early on, harness peer pressure through popular opinion leaders, and so on.
The Partnership has a growing Teen Dating Violence Policy Sub-Committee, and more young advocates participate in our annual Legislative Action Day in Sacramento each year.
These trends toward multi-component “whole school” interventions and the adoption of policies and procedures to support and sustain them are exiting and promising.
This approach involves youth, parents, schools and community partners working together to prevent dating abuse through a “whole school” approach in both middle schools and high schools, through curricular, extra-curricular and school climate improvement efforts, youth leadership opportunities, as well as age-appropriate support services on-site and off-site.
That’s why our teen dating violence policy goal at the Partnership is to promote communityenvironments that support safe and healthy youth relationships.
Communities across the state and country continue to promote February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM) to elevate stakeholders’ understanding of the issues and solutions, increase support for prevention initiatives, and plant seeds for future efforts.Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions.The Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board defines dating violence as “a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power and control in the relationship.” The statistics surrounding dating violence are staggering.The next thing you know the suggestions become demands, and you feel like you don’t have a choice anymore.
Nearly 20% of men and 25% of women in committed relationships have secretly checked their partner’s phone, according to a study by Avast.
Environments set the stage for our attitudes and behaviors.