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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: CDC interviews Day One Executive Director


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Centers for Disease Control features interview with Day One Executive Director. The March edition of the CDC's Public Health Law News features an interview with Day One's executive director, Stephanie Nilva, discussing her path to public health law and the impact of her work with youth ending dating violence.


New York state senator sponsors Day One education workshops for his district. New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) sponsored a powerful learning experience for youth in District 15 by supporting and observing interactive Teen Dating Violence 101 workshops conducted by Day One's Community Education Program. Addabbo's message to teens: "Day One's Community Education Program has reached over 23,000 youths in New York City. Learn from specialists who understand the dynamics of teen relationships and are here to help and inform you. Knowledge is power — protect yourself."


Manhattan district attorney lobbies for harsher penalties of repeat domestic violence offenders. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance lobbied in Albany for a bill that would charge domestic violence abusers who commit two or more offenses within a five-year period with a class-E felony. It is stalled in the State Senate. The prosecutor pointed to a rise in domestic violence homicides as evidence that the problem needs a quick fix.


Director of Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women discusses dating and domestic violence in the US. Susan B. Carbon, Director of the United States Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women said "although violent crime has decreased nationwide, the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking still devastate the lives of too many women, men, youth, and children."  


Dating abuse prevention app launches nationwide. Winner of the White House "Apps Against Abuse" Technology challenge launched by Vice President Joe Biden and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, "Circle of 6," recently launched nationwide as a mobile phone application designed to prevent sexual assault and dating violence among young adults. Download the app at


Atlanta group launches dating abuse video game challenge. Atlanta based nonprofit, Jennifer Ann's Group, announced the 5th Annual "Life. Love." Game Design Challenge, with a first place prize of $5,000 for the video game that best illustrates the dangers of dating violence for teens, tweens, and young adults.



Legal Matters

Women senators lead in reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Senate Democrats battled conservative Republicans who say they don't want to expand an 18-year-old federal law that created a national strategy to prevent domestic violence against women. Opponents claim it would broaden American Indian tribal rights and has too many protections for gay and illegal immigrant victims of violence. Many of the chamber's female members pushed back, lining up to speak on the Senate floor in favor of the reauthorization. An advocate argues that VAWA should be reauthorized primarily because it is working. The U.S. News and World report hosts an online debate on the issue here. A U.S. Senator says the work to combat domestic violence is "not done."  A lawyer dismisses claims that VAWA is too narrowly focused on women's victimization.


Wisconsin state representatives introduce teen dating violence education bill. The bill would require schools that elect to provide teen dating violence prevention education to ensure that the instruction meets certain criteria, and would require the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to incorporate teen dating violence and sexual violence curriculum into its model health curriculum.


Dating abuse is focus of New Jersey board of education meeting. Diane Beni of the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW Center for Women's Teen Dating Abuse Project testified before the Bloomfield, NJ Board of Education about the problem of dating abuse. She reminded the attendees that state laws require teenage dating abuse programs in schools. The organization also held an information workshop on dating abuse for teens and parents.



Advocate links teen pregnancy with dating, sexual abuse. Enid, Oklahoma YWCA Executive Director Melissa Blanton said the "teen pregnancy rate is directly affected by a number of other issues, including rape, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse and low self-esteem." County-level data showing a correlation between teen pregnancy and past abuse or rape was not available, but national data indicates a majority of America's teen mothers have suffered physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse.


Virginia County study finds rise in dating violence and risky behaviors of youth. The 2010 Youth Survey by Fairfax County, VA found that various types of dating abuse, such as emotional and physical abuse were on the rise among county youth. A local organization, Safe Community Coalition, hosted a forum on dating abuse because they "were seeing a rise in students that said they were experiencing physical and emotional abuse, and we wanted to make sure we got information out to students, families, parents and school staff so they can be aware of the dynamic."



An author shares dating violence prevention tips with parents. "Be a good role model. Teach your teens how to behave when dating by being respectful, egalitarian, and loving in your own relationships. Stay vigilant. Teen dating violence is overwhelmingly connected to other kinds of attacks, even if you live in a 'good neighborhood.' Don't forget about online violence. Assist your teens in making informed choices about privacy settings and with things like de-tagging their names from photos. Think like a teen. Teens often feel invincible and eager to explore the adult world. Be ready to help. Show concern and listen when your teens want to talk about violence, dating, and anything else."


A teen writer discusses unhealthy relationships and how to stay safe. "I was walking with my friend one day when she told me that she had read on the Internet that one in three teens knows a friend who has been physically hurt by their partner. I couldn't believe it because you don't hear about teens being in abusive relationships."



Local New Jersey resident presents dating abuse program to community youth. Linden, NJ resident Lynn Kelly presented "Teen Dating Abuse 101" to local high school students, a program she developed to make teenagers aware of the warning signs of an abusive relationship and offer advice on what to do if they find themselves involved in one. Rutgers University featured dating violence in speaker series.


Kansas Army group and local sorority present dating violence discussion for community. The Army Community Service and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Leavenworth Chapter hosted "Love ... Really? Discussions on Unhealthy Teen Dating," including topics such as identification of different types of abuse, cyber stalking, parental involvement and how to get help. This event was open to young women in grades nine through 12 and their parents.


Connecticut teen group holds dance contest to promote peaceful dating. Teen PeaceWorks, group consisting of local teenagers aimed at ending dating violence, held a Dance-a-thon with the Weston High School Student Government to raise money for safe houses and educational programs at the DVCC. Participants were sponsored and collected funds in accordance with their dance time on the floor.


Maryland sorority holds series of discussions for teens on dating abuse, bullying, suicide. The Fort Washington alumnae chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority held "Impact 2012: No More Hurt," an event in its third year that focuses on a different set of issues facing teens each year. This year's edition focused on giving teens the tools they need to avoid or combat what have been some of the most prevalent issues facing the community: bullying, domestic violence, depression and suicide prevention. Maryland teens from Germantown win dating abuse PSA contest with a video depicting the anguish a young person in an abusive dating relationship experiences as she considers disclosing the abuse to a friend.  Watch it here.


Virginia alliance hosts summit on teen dating violence. The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance hosted a Teen Summit on Dating Violence. Youth aged 13 to 19 were invited to register for the free event. Teens participated in small-group discussions led by trained college students about the impact of dating violence and how to prevent it. A panel of community leaders listened to suggestions offered by the youth about the kind of support they need to avoid dangerous relationships.


Missouri organization and local parent organization hosts adult-only panel on dating violence. The University City High School Parent Teacher Organization and Every Step Counts, a local domestic violence victims' services organization, hosted a panel discussion on teen dating violence titled "Love Right, Love Well." The panel discussion was open to all parents in University City, regardless of the age of their children or what school they attended. In St. Louis, a ceremony was held to honor a local teen recently killed by an abusive partner.


North Carolina collaboration provides dating violence education for middle schoolers. The University of North Carolina, Wilmington and the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. in New Hanover, NC teamed up to help teach middle school students ways to prevent relationship abuse. They have created a mentoring program using a curriculum called Safe Dates, and students from UNCW taught eighth grade students how to avoid potentially abusive relationships.


Ohio coalition for safe campuses holds annual meeting. The Ohio Safer Campus on Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking held their Northeastern Ohio regional meeting at Malone University. The program aims to help participants identify three ways to continue implementing Ohio's Safer Campus recommendations and the "Dear Colleague" letter on their campuses, discuss strengths of having an organized sexual assault response team, identify regional campus partners to share strategies and provide input to state agencies for steps to create safer Ohio campuses.


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