Dating violence training

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.

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School-level interventions included the use of temporary school-based restraining orders, higher levels of faculty and security presence in "hot spots," and raising awareness schoolwide.

Researchers found that, compared with the control group who received no intervention, students who received the school-level intervention or both the school- and classroom-level interventions experienced reduced levels of dating violence and sexual harassment.

School Based Staff/Behavioral Health Partners/Before & After School Providers: Staff to students in grades 6 through 12 will meet the requirements for Dating Violence Prevention Policy 5010 by clicking the button below and successfully completing the Brainshark.

Login to Brainshark with your individual ID, view the training module, and upon its successful completion, receive a certificate of completion.

The researchers noted that the classroom-level intervention alone was not effective in improving these outcomes.

In addition, students in the school-level intervention were more likely to intend to intervene as bystanders if they witnessed abusive behavior between their peers.

The researchers adjusted the protocol recruitment strategies, data collection procedures, measures, and program administration, and eliminated the follow-up calls from the health educator.

They also determined that the intervention was reaching the high-risk group: teens who had been exposed to an average of seven years of domestic violence and had high rates of dating violence compared with national averages.

These findings are important in several ways: The success of the school-level intervention is particularly important because it can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools.

See the curriculum evaluated in this study, Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School (pdf, 65 pages).

The Attorney General's office has supplied cards to all 75 county sheriffs’ offices and hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the State.

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