Teen Dating Violence School District Policies
The Florida Department of Education developed a model policy against teen dating violence or abuse that school districts are welcome to adopt. This policy meets the Statute requirements and proposes best practices for school districts to use when working to respond to and prevent dating violence. The policy can be found at:http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/3/urlt/finalteendatingviolencemodelpolicy9910.pdf
Working with FDOE, FCADV developed an Implementation Guide to the Model Policy. This guide provides more details to school districts, school administration, and other staff who may be involved in implementing a dating violence policy. The Implementation Guide provides helpful resources for all school districts, regardless of the policy that they have in place.
School districts are encouraged to work closely with their local certified domestic violence centers to provide appropriate support and referrals to students impacted by dating or domestic violence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit http://www.fcadv.org/centers/local-centers to find a comprehensive list of Florida’s domestic violence centers.
If you have additional questions about statewide prevention efforts, email the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th and 8th Grade Curriculum - Modules.pdf
9th and 10th Grade Curriculum - Modules.pdf
11th and 12th Grade Curriculum - Modules.pdf
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