• All members of the school community, faculty, staff, peers, and parents, have significant roles in preventing dating violence and promoting healthy relationship behaviors.
  • Schools are best-positioned to identify the problem of adolescent dating abuse among students.
  • Teachers can partner with Laura’s House to reduce sexual harassment, adolescent abuse, and bullying behavior.
  • Schools have a duty to provide protection for their students, including safeguarding them from physical harm inflicted by other students.
  • For example, under the California Constitution, students and staff of every school in California have the "inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure, and peaceful." 8Cal. Const. art. I, § 28(c).
  • Schools can provide victims with resources by posting our 24-Hour Toll Free Crisis Hotline number (866) 498-1511 in the classroom.
  • Teachers can be taught to recognize abusive behavior as early as middle school.
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In Her Own Words

I got to the edge of the school grounds, and he came walking toward me... I kept telling him to leave me alone, looking down. When I didn't react to him, he grabbed me by my wrists and dragged me to his car. By this time, everyone was walking by on their way to school. Buses and teachers were driving up. My last hope was to yell for help... I started calling, "Help me!" He started slapping me. I kept screaming for help. He grabbed from behind and put his hands over my nose and mouth. I couldn't breathe... The last thing I saw was about twenty or twenty-five of my classmates standing within a few yards of me, just watching.

-Salina Stone, high school senior

Salina Stone, They Said I Was "Young and Immature," in Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger 28, 31 (Barrie Levy ed., 1991


  • Assume Adolescent Dating Abuse does not happen in your school.
  • Ignore or tolerate bullying or controlling behavior.
  • Assume the victim is at fault.
  • Assume that middle school and high school students are too young to learn about Adolescent Dating Abuse.
  • Assume Adolescent Dating Abuse prevention programs encourage or support dating, intimacy or sexual activity.
  • Assume the abuse is warranted.
  • Assume unhealthy relationships are a "normal" part of adolescent dating.
  • Ignore verbal abuse as it is a sign of physical violence.

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