Before raising issues about domestic violence and/or violence in teen dating relationships, teachers should be adequately prepared to respond to the needs of students that may arise and ensure that these opportunities for intervention and the provision of assistance are supportive experiences for the students. Local domestic violence service providers can be a valuable resource to ensure that the information provided in the classroom is accurate and age-appropriate, and/or to provide a guest speaker to conduct the class and/or to co-teach the class.
In all cases, referral information both within and outside of the school community should be provided to students who may be experiencing violence at home or in their own dating relationships. Of particular importance is providing instruction on safety planning to children who are exposed to domestic violence in the home as a strategy to increase their own levels of safety. School personnel should also be prepared to respond to disclosures of child abuse and neglect and to fulfill their mandated reporting responsibilities to the State Central Registry.
h.Resources available through school libraries should include age-appropriate books and other information on domestic violence, violence in teen dating relationships, gender equity, and sexual harassment.
Available information should include informational resources, as well as information regarding potential sources of help, both through the school and the larger community.
i.All school personnel should receive comprehensive and ongoing training on domestic violence, including violence in teen dating relationships.
Personnel who should receive training include school faculty, nurses, health office assistants, teachers' aides, bus drivers, superintendents, school board members, and employee relations staff. The training program should include indicators of domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, the dynamics of battering, and resources available in the community and in the school. Training should also include guidance in teaching issues related to gender equity and sexual harassment.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR POST SECONDARY EDUCATION SYSTEMS
As mentioned previously, the frequency with which abuse and violence in teen dating relationships occur virtually ensures that this problem will emerge on the college and university campus. College and university personnel should be actively engaged in both prevention