The Be Project: Empowering Youth to be part of the solution to end relationship violence

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Though teachers may not be able to stop the violence at home, they are in a position to make a considerable difference to children’s lives. Schools are often the service in closest contact with a child living with domestic violence. Knowing when and how to seek advice from social service agencies is an essential part of effective practice among school staff.

 

Because there are real dangers that come with being in an abusive relationship, and teens often have little experience with healthy dating relationships, adults have the opportunity to be sources of education, support, and guidance.

 

All of this negatively affects academic achievement. Yet in the face of mounting evidence of harm—and several decades of research and analysis—addressing teen dating violence remains a low priority in public schools, according to a new report published in the peer-reviewed journal Violence and Gender.

 

“Teachers and administrators who overlook or minimize relationship violence,” the researcher said, “lose sight of the most important consideration: student welfare. They have some awareness that this is happening in their school, especially if they're assisting victims periodically. If they choose not to take action, for me, they are a bystander.”