Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) and Andy Ciesla (R-Ocean) that requires the Department of Education to develop a school district dating violence policy and require districts to provide dating violence education in the health curriculum was signed into law today.
“This common sense legislation will help prevent dating situations from becoming unsafe and help educate young people on constructive ways to resolve conflicts in personal relationships,” Bucco said.
The new policy must include guidelines for responding to at-school incidents of dating violence, warning signs of dating violence and information on safe resources available to address dating violence. Under current law, a board of education may include instruction on the problems of domestic violence, but it is not required.
“Teen dating violence is a growing public health issue throughout the county and oftentimes leads to drinking, fighting and sexual activity, ” Bucco continued. “We need to educate teens and let them know any form of dating violence is not acceptable and to speak out about it if it is happening to them or someone they know.”