Over time, controlling and demanding behavior may become increasingly violent and that violence can have negative effects on physical and mental health throughout life (including depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts).To provide a 3 year program in public schools in grades 5 to 12 that promotes healthy relationships and addresses teen dating violence in 10 schools, one of which must be a school located in a municipality with a population of 25,000 or less.The Program also supports innovative prevention strategies that encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
“Teen dating violence is about our community, our schools and our relationships. Each one of us, as well as, importantly, those of us who are men,” Acting Associate Attorney General West said.
“As fathers, brothers, coaches, teachers and classmates – men’s voices must be part of this conversation – as men, both young and old, this is our individual and collective responsibility.” Research shows that our nation’s teens and young adults experience particularly high rates of violence. Many young people do not know where to turn for help.
The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW ) today announced $12.6 million dollars in grants awarded to 20 communities as part of a new, consolidated program designed to more effectively reduce dating violence .
For the first time, grantees can implement a comprehensive approach to dating violence that includes services for victims, prevention programs, partnering with schools and engaging men and boys in ending violence against women .
A 2008 study found that 67 percent of students who were abused in a relationship talked to a friend, but only 13 percent also talked to a parent or other adult.