To that end, the information included in the Guidance Document and other documents and links available on this webpage, represent the plan toward the identification of available teen dating violence prevention and intervention materials, as well as suggested policy and reporting guidance.
Although the use of the materials by schools is optional, we hope the available information will prove to be helpful in the planning and implementation of instruction and policy development.
To assist school personnel in identifying accurate teen dating violence prevention materials based on sound prevention messages and principles, the IDOE has developed a set of guidelines and an assessment process based on .
The materials identified through this process will assist schools - especially those serving grades six through twelve – with the selection and implementation of student oriented dating violence education programs.
Help Prevent Reproductive Coercion by Screening Youth for Dating Violence Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (2016) Offers various screening tools in order to prevent, identify, and respond to teen dating violence.
Screening tools include a Red Flags Universal Teen Dating Violence screen and Student Health services Dating Abuse Screening and Response Protocol.
Yet, with all of these programs and services in place to respond to the needs of victims once violence has already happened, we have not stemmed the tide of domestic violence occurring in our communities.
Advocates across the nation recognize it is time to dedicate as much time, staff and funds to stopping violence before it starts.
Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2016) Emphasizes collaborative and multilevel approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence by providing audience-specific information.Over the past three decades domestic violence advocates have successfully created programs and policies that effectively respond to domestic violence after it has happened.Numerous best practices exist that include: offering shelter and support to victims and their families, safety planning, support groups, legal and system advocacy, and more.This means changing the norms in our communities that allow this violence to thrive by adopting an important set of strategies called “primary prevention.”Primary prevention activities can work with intervention strategies that are already in place in community-based domestic violence programs.Secondary prevention activities can include shelter, counseling and legal and medical advocacy, safety planning, arrest and Protection From Abuse Orders.