De Leon, who has seen her peers being physically and emotionally abusive to one another, now recognizes the red flags—and she wants more support for victims from the adults in her school building.“I think we have to start with the principals at the schools, because they’re the leaders,” she said.
“That way we can have trust in them [and] come to them if we’re in that situation.”Lindsay Stawick, who directs the Domestic Violence Network’s youth programming, said most inquiries for dating-violence-prevention training come from teachers—at De Leon’s high school, for its part, it was a social worker.
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 316 is named for Heather Norris, who was brutally murdered by her estranged high school boyfriend in 2007.
State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) was the primary author of the legislation.
The department provides those materials to schools, but their use is optional.
Dating Violence is the act of controlling and/or abusive behavior in a romantic relationship.
teens are victims of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, according to data from the Domestic Violence Awareness Project.
"Anytime we’re talking about our students and their safety, that’s of high importance to us," he said.
"We try to be very proactive in how we provide resources and support systems to kids."In 2010, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law requiring the Indiana Department of Education to develop dating violence educational materials and model policies for responding to and reporting incidents of teen dating violence.
“I think that’s lack of insight on the principals’ part,” Khubchandani argued, suggesting the principals are unwilling to acknowledge students’ role in helping their peers cope with and prevent dating abuse.
Maria De Leon, a senior at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, teaches her classmates about dating violence.
It can happen to both males and females of any race, religion, or sexual orientation.