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Dating Violence Information for Educators

Dating violence has a particularly damaging effect on schools, students and the learning environment.

  • Nearly half of students who experience dating violence say some of the abuse took place on school grounds.
  • Studies indicate that  teens who are abused by a dating partner have higher rates of truancy, more negative contact with their teachers and increased conflict with other students.
  • Students who experience dating abuse are substantially more likely than classmates to bring guns or weapons to school and are three times as likely to be involved in physical fights.

What You Can Do

As an educator, you are often a first responder to dating violence.

While schools are especially affected by dating violence, they also provide a rich setting for proactively addressing abuse. You can help make your school safer by implementing the Respect WORKS! model on your campus.

Hazelden and Break the Cycle’s Respect WORKS! comprehensive model for dating violence prevention helps educators:

  • Establish solid prevention programs and intervention policy.
  • Ensure all staff are well trained to respond effectively to dating violence issues in the classroom and on campus.
  • Protect schools and staff from legal and liability issues.


Professional Development

Online courses provide
key info on bullying,
dating violence

continuing_edTwo interactive distance-learning courses, Bullying 101 and Teen Dating Violence 101, provide key information about bullying, cyber bullying, and dating violence and explain how to create safe, healthy environments and relationships. Learn more

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