TCFV has been working with a statewide interagency group to develop model policies and collaborate with the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Association of School Boards for effective implementation of the new law.These documents should be helpful to anyone working to address dating violence in schools.

Teenagers who commit violence with a romantic partner could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison under a bill discussed Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee.

Making violence in teen dating situations a felony is needed to address a history of domestic violence in South Carolina, advocates say.

Over half of teens, 57-percent, know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.

Advocates report that this legislation is a critical part of ongoing efforts to prevent abuse in future generations.“Each new generation brings enormous potential, particularly during this period when a spotlight is being shined on gendered and sexual violence in many different forms” said Patti Seger, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse WI (End Abuse). Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield), who has worked tirelessly on the legislation in previous sessions and remains a strong supporter of the bill,” said Seger.

“The penalty of the crime is severe, in addition to whatever the underlying penalty of the base crime was,” Hembree said.

“Let’s say it was assault and battery, (and) it’s a 30-day offense – it just turned into a 10-year (and) 30-day offense.” In addition to concerns about the penalty, Hembree said the bill’s current language is too vague.

"We're adding a word to their vocabulary," Sargent said.

"It empowers them to be able to reach out for that help, and I think that's really powerful." The bill would also require school boards to prohibit teen dating violence at school or school-related events and require training for school employees on how to recognize and respond to students who may be experiencing it. Wisconsin Public Radio and welcome civil, on-topic comments and opinions that advance the discussion from all perspectives of an issue.

“With greater understanding that harmful relationship dynamics take hold during teenage years, we can now more intentionally instill values of equality and mutual respect in the next generation and thereby lower the rate of domestic violence in the future.”LRB-5038, which was circulated for co-sponsorship earlier today, would require school boards to adopt policies addressing teen dating violence, including:“We appreciate the efforts of the bi-partisan group of legislators working on this initiative, including lead authors Rep. “Now we are looking to the full Wisconsin Legislature to show that dating violence is not a partisan issue by coming together to support this common-sense proposal that will move our state closer to addressing the root causes of domestic violence.”If LRB-5038 is signed into law, Wisconsin would join the growing list of over 20 states that have implemented dating violence curricula in schools.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the leading voice for victims of domestic abuse in Wisconsin.

Changes relevant to the dating violence policy requirement are found on page 4 (in the middle of the page discussing prohibited behavior) and in the Glossary on page 40.