Dating abuse is an integral part of school violence. The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence recommends that all schools develop a dating violence policy.
A formal policy on dating violence can help schools to:
- Build victim safety and offender accountability into the school’s response.
- Provide a consistent school response to dating abuse.
- Establish clear roles and responsibilities for school staff.
- Provide help to victims.
District of Columbia (DC) Safe Schools Model Policy
Break the Cycle is a leading national non-profit organization whose mission is “to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence.” In collaboration with four local organizations, Break the Cycle developed the DC Safe Schools Model Policy. Schools can read about the project and use the Model Policy as a tool for developing their own policy.