I was going through verbal and emotional abuse throughout our two-year relationship without knowing it was abuse.The violence turned physical in the last few months, and by then I felt completely trapped.
While there are many ways to come into compliance with this new legislation we do not recommend one single program or curriculum to serve this purpose.A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that one in five teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.I now work as domestic violence advocate for a local non-profit organization, Hands Across the Bay, where and every day is a blessing.Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.When I was in high school, no one spoke about dating violence and if they had, I firmly believe I would have never gone through what I did.
Following that horrific night, I felt the conviction to speak out, become an advocate, and create change.
Superintendents also received the Guide to Addressing Dating Violence in Texas Schools.
School administrators received training on this topic at Texas Association of School Administrators’ Midwinter Conference in January, 2008.
One night, I had the opportunity, courage, and strength to run away and call the police--and finally, Robert was arrested for domestic battery.
I felt my shackles of shame and fear release and I could safely end the relationship. 19 stabs to my head, neck, and face; 13 stabs to my hands and arms in an attempt to defend myself.
These documents should be helpful to anyone working to address dating violence in schools.