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Programs that teach young people skills for dating can prevent violence.
These programs can stop violence in dating relationships before it occurs.
Attorney General Rutledge hosted a Youth Summit in March 2016 in Alma with more than 2,100 junior high and high school students to help them understand the dangers and consequences of dating violence and how to have healthy relationships.
Partners with the Attorney General’s office in hosting the event were the Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Child Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.
Partnering with the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Arkansas Department of Education and Break the Cycle, the Attorney General's office offers training opportunities for educators, school resource officers and others on dating abuse prevention and intervention methods.
The trainings delve into the youth experience of dating abuse, including health and academic impacts and how it differs from adult experiences.
Students finish the curriculum equipped with tools to support themselves into a position of healthy personal and social power whether they currently find themselves playing the role(s) of bully, bullied or bystander.
Elementary students, of course, are not alone in needing support to navigate the waters of socialization.
Help Prevent Reproductive Coercion by Screening Youth for Dating Violence Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (2016) Offers various screening tools in order to prevent, identify, and respond to teen dating violence.