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Dating violence is a prevalent issue that affects the daily lives of teens. One in four adolescents report verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Among 11-14 year olds in relationships, 62 percent say they know friends who have been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a Liz Claiborne Foundation study. According to a 2010 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,546,000 Florida women will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. These numbers and the potential lifelong impacts of such behaviors are startling. However, research from CDC also indicates that teen dating violence is preventable and educators are an important part of the solution.
In 2010, Florida passed legislation intended to promote youth education related to teen dating violence and to support teen survivors of dating violence. The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) in partnership with its membership organizations and the Florida Department of Education developed resource curricula, including supplementary materials and teacher training, addressing teen dating violence for grades 7 through 12 to satisfy the requirements of Florida Statutes 1006.148 and 1003.42.
Florida Statute 1006.148 mandates the following:
- each district school board adopt and implement a dating violence and abuse policy which must be integrated into each school district’s discipline policies
- each school district must provide training for teachers, faculty, staff and school administrators to implement the new dating violence and abuse policies
Florida Statute 1003.42 requires that a teen dating violence and abuse component must be added to the comprehensive health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12. The resource curricula were designed to address the core components required by the statute, including:
- the definition of dating violence and abuse,
- warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior,
- characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence
- community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse.
The teen dating violence prevention curricula are designed for educators to use with seventh through twelfth grade students in a classroom setting. Included below are resource curricula for three age groupings, supplementary materials and teacher training modules to support implementation of the curricula.
Before You Begin: Resources, Training and Support for Facilitators
Prior to implementation, it is recommended that you read the Introduction for the curriculum you plan to implement in its entirety. In addition, facilitators are encouraged to participate in facilitator training. Your local certified domestic violence center may be available to offer onsite training for facilitators. Each center provides training and community education for youth and adults and, depending on staff availability, may be able to assist you in implementing this curriculum in your class. In some cases, centers can provide a speaker for your class about prevention. If you’d like more information about training on domestic and dating violence or technical assistance for facilitating this curriculum, please contact your local certified domestic violence center or email email@example.com. Please visit http://www.fcadv.org/centers/local-centers to find a comprehensive list of Florida’s domestic violence centers.
Web-based training modules are accessible below. The web-based Facilitator Training Modules will provide:
- a foundational understanding of teen dating violence,
- offer tools for facilitators to respond to teen dating violence,
- explain the theory applied in developing the resource curricula and,
- resources facilitators may access for additional information on teen dating violence prevention and intervention
If you have additional questions about statewide prevention efforts, email the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web-Based Training Modules
Creating Change Module One: Background, objectives and the case for prevention: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=6cfq57
Creating Change Module Two: Teen dating violence facts and dynamics: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=a51l8d
Creating Change Module Three: Responding to teen dating violence, promoting safety for survivors: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=4a89lk
Creating Change Module Four: Prevention and intervention, working together: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=2f5uvq
Creating Change Module Five: What's your role? - engaging teens and parents in education and prevention: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=3h9bhy
Teen Dating Violence Curricula
The three resource curricula address all of the components that must be covered as a part of students’ comprehensive health education according to Florida Statute 1003.42. The statutory requirements addressed in the curricula include: the definition of dating violence and abuse, warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse. In addition, each session addresses up to 15 FDOE health education benchmarks.
Three curricula were developed based on three age groupings: seventh and eighth grades, ninth and tenth grades and eleventh and twelfth grades. All three curricula have eight 45-minute sessions. However, the curricula may be used in a three, five or eight session format.
It is recommended that all eight sessions are used together, as the content and dosage are research-informed and reflect best practices in violence prevention. Sessions one through three in each curriculum will provide a basic level of compliance with legislative requirements for comprehensive health programming. Implementation of sessions one through five in each curriculum will provide students an opportunity to further explore the components of healthy relationships. Completion of sessions one through eight in each curriculum will provide students an opportunity to explore advanced concepts around dating violence and their role in preventing teen dating violence.
It is important to note that this curriculum was created to address fundamental concepts related to dating violence prevention with the understanding that the facilitator may not have an in-depth knowledge of IPV prevention. However, facilitators are encouraged to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of students. If activities or discussions are too advanced, you are invited to adapt the content as appropriate. Likewise, if you or your students are more advanced in your understanding of certain content areas, you are encouraged to make revisions to the curriculum to meet your needs. For additional curriculum resources, please contact your local certified domestic violence center [http://www.fcadv.org/centers/local-centers] or email FCADV’s Prevention Program at email@example.com.
7th and 8th Grade Curriculum
9th and 10th Grade Curriculum
11th and 12th Grade Curriculum
Your feedback is valuable to ensuring that the resource curricula meet the needs of both teachers and students. Receiving this feedback will allow us to improve upon the resource curricula in the future. We would appreciate it if you took a few moments to review the feedback form below prior to implementation and to complete the form after the curriculum has been implemented.
Additional Facilitator Resources
School Resource Officers and Teen Dating Violence
School Resource Officers have the ability to make a difference in their schools and be a positive influence in the lives of their students. One area of significant impact is in Teen Dating Violence. These videos address the laws and philosophies that deal with Teen Dating Violence as well as best practices for engaging students as they make decisions about their dating relationships.