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
- 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.