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What Schools Can Do

Question:How do I know if a student is involved in a violent relationship?
Answer: Here are some likely signs in student behavior; they don’t explain how they got physically injured; they becomes defensive when the topic of relationships comes up; they isolate themselves; they experience frequent break ups and make ups; and they live in fear.

Question: Are there experts available to provide teen dating violence training on our campus?
Answer: Yes, check with your local domestic violence agencies like Mentis (707-255-0966) and Teens Connect.

Question: What is a Temporary Restraining Order?
Answer: A person may request the Family Court for a Temporary Restraining Order “requiring no contact or peaceful contact to protect” any people who demonstrate proof that they are victims of domestic abuse.

Question: Can a minor obtain a Temporary Restraining Order?
Answer: Yes, a minor 12-years-old and older can obtain a Temporary Restraining order under California law.

Question: If a student has obtained a Temporary Restraining Order naming a student currently enrolled on the same campus, is a school required to take action?
Answer: Although Restraining Orders fall under the responsibility of law enforcement, schools are responsible for the safety and needs of students in danger of domestic violence, also known as taking a “domestic violence centered approach”.

Question: What is a domestic violence centered approach?
Answer: A domestic violence centered approach focuses on the safety of the victim and seeks accountability from the perpetrator.

Question: What can schools do to prevent teen dating violence on campus?
Answer: Schools can train teachers and counselors how to spot the warning signs of teen dating violence and support to the victim. Also, coordinate a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week every year or semester.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week – Ideas for Promotional Activities

Suggested Activities

  • Write a letter or article to the school newspaper describing the activities and events of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week.
  • Organize an Outreach Committee made up of parents and students.
  • Plan for a panel of school and community leaders to speak and educate on teen dating issues.
  • Include the input of teen survivors in the planning process.
  • Invite guests to an evening of dinner and dancing under the theme “Stop Teen Dating Violence”.
  • Post a display that provides information on teen dating violence in the school lobby or library.
  • Coordinate a candlelight vigil to honor those affected by dating violence.
  • Hold an essay contest encouraging students to write about creative solutions to teen dating violence.
  • Collect donations for the domestic violence shelter.
  • Make sure the community knows that Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week happens February 4 -8 via newsletters, billboards, morning announcements, etc.

A Guide to Addressing Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Violence in a School Setting


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