Understanding and preventing dating violence
The mission of FCADV is to work towards ending violence through public awareness, policy development, and support for Florida’s domestic violence centers.
The Florida Department of Education partnered with FCADV to develop resource curricula, including supplementary materials and teacher training, addressing teen dating violence for grades 7 through 12 to satisfy the requirements of Florida Statutes 1006.1.42.
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Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past dating relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager.
It’s important for teens and adults alike to recognize warning signs of relationship violence, know how to identify and maintain a healthy relationship and where to seek assistance.
Results showed that youth who experienced teen dating violence were more likely to engage in certain risk behaviors such as increased drug and alcohol use and suicidal ideation. Funding Source: Office on Violence Against Women Application Deadline: March 11, 2013 This grant is open to federal, state, tribal, territorial or local courts, or court-based programs.
Teens who are involved in an abusive relationship can suffer emotionally, socially or physically.
Studies show that these teens are more likely to have depression, decreased self-esteem, abuse drugs and alcohol, remain in abusive relationships for their lifetime or commit suicide.
Dating violence is emotional, sexual or physical violence that occurs within a dating relationship between current or ex-partners.
These violent acts can happen in person, online or via phone calls or text messaging. Many times this negative behavior begins with constant teasing or clingy behavior by a partner and can quickly escalate to a dangerous situation.
The teen dating violence prevention curricula are designed for educators to use with seventh through twelfth grade students in a classroom setting.