Dating not violence
Todd Bess, executive director of the Indiana Association of School Principals, said dating violence hasn't been a topic of conversation for the organization's membership but that principals do take student safety seriously.
teens are victims of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, according to data from the Domestic Violence Awareness Project.
"Anytime we’re talking about our students and their safety, that’s of high importance to us," he said.
"We try to be very proactive in how we provide resources and support systems to kids."In 2010, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law requiring the Indiana Department of Education to develop dating violence educational materials and model policies for responding to and reporting incidents of teen dating violence.
And so, to help further the discussion, we offer in this article a gender-based analysis of teen dating violence with a developmental perspective. We look at what we know — and what we don't know — about who is the perpetrator and who is the victim in teen dating violence.We also discuss how adult and adolescent romantic relationships differ in the hope that an examination of existing research will help us better understand the problem and move the field toward the creation of developmentally appropriate prevention programs and effective interventions for teenagers.In 2001-2005, Peggy Giordano and her colleagues at Bowling Green State University interviewed more than 1,300 seventh, ninth and 11th graders in Toledo, Ohio. Wood, "The Emotions of Romantic Relationships: Do They Wreak Havoc on Adolescents?[ Giordano is one of the authors of this article.] More than half of the girls in physically aggressive relationships said both they and their dating partner committed aggressive acts during the relationship.