Teen dating violence legislation
Katherine Gottlieb, and Bree’s parents, Butch and Cindy Moore.
Do you know where to go for help if you suspect a teen is in an abusive relationship?
According to teens themselves in a 2009 survey: How do you know what to do when someone confides in you?
has some great ideas for helping friends, family, your child, and even a stranger. Consequences can be fatal PCADV's Domestic Violence Fatality Reports for 2008 through 2010 identify eight victims of dating violence: four were between ages 13 - 18, and four were 19-year-olds.
The bill names Bree More Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program and dedicates the month of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Dating violence is a pattern of behavior involving the use or threat of physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, or other abusive behavior by one person that harms, threatens, harasses, or controls another person within a current or former dating relationship.
Recognizing that the person you love is controlling, abusive or violent is hard even for adults.
Even when teens recognize that they are being abused, they may hesitate to turn to adults for support, understanding, and protection.
Contact the domestic violence program in your area for free and confidential help.Bree’s death left her family heartbroken — devastated that friends and family did not recognize the signs of dating violence.After her death, the Moore’s worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, which includes teen dating violence awareness and prevention education in Alaska’s schools.Safety planning is an important step The local domestic violence program can help teens, parents, and schools fit safety plans to individual families.There are even online tools to help teens get started.