BILL TO ADDRESS TEEN DATING VIOLENCE ADVANCES

The full Assembly on Monday approved a bipartisan bill sponsored by Assemblyman David W. Wolfe and Assemblywoman Joan M. Voss to help prevent and combat dating violence among middle and high school students. The measure was approved by a vote of 77-0.

The bill (A-2920) requires the state Department of Education to establish a task force to develop a policy to prevent and address dating violence at school and requires school districts to incorporate age appropriate dating violence education into the health education curriculum.

Under the bill, each school district will implement the policy developed by the task force, which must contain, at a minimum, the following components:

– a statement that dating violence will not be tolerated;
– information on the warning signs of dating violence and community reDests available to address it;
– dating violence reporting procedures;
– guidelines for responding to at-school incidents of dating violence; and
– discipline procedures specific to at-school incidents of dating violence.

School districts would also be allowed to implement their own dating violence policy, which must contain, at a minimum, the above components developed by the task force. Furthermore, the bill would require DOE to recommend educational resources on the topic of dating violence.

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