October 26, 2010-Curriculum for Dating Violence

According to the National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Project, about 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience some type of physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. New Jersey high schools and middle schools may soon have to address this issue through new dating violence education. This mandate was approved in September by a state Assembly panel. The Assembly’s Education Committee released a related bill on September 16, 2010. If approved, the dating violence education would be incorporated into the health curriculum for grades 7 through 12. It would include information on the definition of dating violence, recognizing warning signs and the characteristics of healthy relationships.