If they know that a child is being hurt by a partner, going to hurt a partner, or going to hurt themselves, they are required by state law to report the abuse.Teen Dating Violence Policy, TX Education Code 37.0831 (formerly HB121) TX Education Code 37.0831 mandates that each school district in Texas adopt and implement a dating violence policy.TCFV has been working with a statewide interagency group to develop model policies and collaborate with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Association of School Boards for effective implementation of the new law.These documents should be helpful to anyone working to address dating violence in schools.The following percentages of dating teens reported experiencing forms of abuse: An NIJ-funded longitudinal study of 1,162 students in the Midwest examined the prevalence of several kinds of abuse that male and female middle and high school students experienced and perpetrated in teen dating relationships. About one-third of girls and boys (35 percent and 36 percent, respectively) reported experiencing physical violence in a teen dating relationship. Verbal emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse in teen dating relationships for both girls and boys: 73 percent of girls and 66 percent of boys reported experiencing at least one instance of verbal abuse in a dating relationship in high school.
Superintendents also received the Guide to Addressing Dating Violence in Texas Schools.Changes relevant to the dating violence policy requirement are found on page 4 (in the middle of the page discussing prohibited behavior) and in the Glossary on page 40.Below are the 7 standards to ensure compliance with the code.One NIJ-funded study examined the prevalence of dating violence among 5,647 teens (51.8 percent female, 74.6 percent Caucasian) from 10 middle schools and high schools (representing grades 7-12) throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "Partner Violence Among Adolescents in Opposite-Sex Romantic Relationships: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." 91 (October 2001): 1679-1685. Findings indicated that within the past year: The study also specifically examined dating violence rates among teens who had dated within the past year (66 percent of total teens; n = 3,745). Many teens don't realize what subtle behaviors might constitute abuse, such as continued pressure by a partner to engage in sexual activity against one's will.