Teen dating violence

A briefing on Capitol Hill promised initiatives for communities, schools and parents to address teen dating violence and the federal policy implications of the work from the field

On February 10, CAEPV Members, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Break the Cycle and Liz Claiborne Inc. joined Jewish Women International, MTV, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships and others in an effort to urge educators, communities and parents to address dating violence, and stop domestic violence before it begins.

They were joined by Honorary Hosts Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia), Congresswomen Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin) and Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Washington), leaders from the US Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and the Office on Violence Against Women of the Department of Justice at a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss “Why Middle School Matters,” promising initiatives that communities, schools, and parents can use to address teen dating violence and the federal policy implications of the work from the field.

This briefing was held as part of “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month,” created by a resolution championed by Senator Crapo and Congressman Lewis dedicating the entire month of February to this issue, and aimed at educating the public about the debilitating problem of dating violence among our young people.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CAEPV Member Blue Shield of California Foundation are investing $18 million in 11 communities across the country to identify and evaluate the most promising pathways to stop dating violence and abuse before it starts. Start Strong is the largest national initiative ever funded to target 11-14 year olds to promote healthy relationships as a way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Representatives from Start Strong, including a teen activist and survivor, were also in attendance to highlight pioneering school policy initiatives and the importance of promoting healthy teen relationships in middle school.

For more information please visit the CAEPV website.