Ranging from corporate sponsorships, funding, and grants – to educational mandates and political resolutions, there are quite a few ambitious and commendable measures going forth in recognition of the 2011 Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Just yesterday, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education (LAUSD) passed a teen dating violence prevention resolution, which firmly establishing that District as a leader in responding to and preventing adolescent relationship abuse.
Their resolution paves the way and provides the means for a concerted effort for the coordination of teen dating violence intervention and prevention strategies at all LAUSD schools, training of school staff, faculty and administrators, as well as prevention education or students and parents/caregivers, and ongoing monitoring of teen dating violence incident reports and prevention activities.
LAUSD Board member Steve Zimmer, who sponsored the resolution, said: “In my experience I have seen the power of positive relationships working in the lives of youth. Teen dating violence prevention not only influences the actions of those directly affected, but influences the lives and actions of parents as they see their children breaking the cycle of violence. That is why it is so important that LAUSD continue to be at the forefront of teen dating violence prevention.”
The resolution is based on the model teen dating violence prevention policy developed through Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in cooperation with Blue Shield of California Foundation.
Need New Shoes? Well, “SHOP TIL IT STOPS”:
In addition to great things happening on the educational front, corporate stakeholders are also doing their part for Domestic Violence Awareness Month by helping us put an end to domestic violence simply by buying a pair of shoes at any Marshalls store nationwide between October 8-22, 2011.
For each pair of shoes sold during this period, $1 (up to $150,000) will be donated to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
You can click here to find a store near you and join Marshalls in support of The Hotline’s efforts to end domestic violence.
(cover photo caption) Stats: According to the S.A.F.E Network: About one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. Also, 40% of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. In one study, from 30% to 50% of female high school students reported having already experienced teen dating violence.
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- Verizon launches domestic violence entrepreneurship program in Philly
- NJ Gov. Chris Christie proclaims Oct. ‘Parental Involvement In Education Month’
- Judges plan outreach to increase awareness of domestic violence (video)
- ‘Monsters’: Short animated video depicting child’s view of domestic violence
- Dating abuse: New 24/7 texting service connects you directly to counselor
- Mary Kay donates $3 million to domestic violence shelters nationwide
- New campaigns focus on impact of domestic violence on children and families
- National summit convenes to address college drinking, drugs, sexual violence
(sources: peaceoverviolence.org / hotline.org)