Recognizing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence Toolkit

2.5 Dating Violence Policy

policy definition

School districts must adopt and implement a dating violence policy which includes a definition of dating violence, and reporting procedures and guidelines for students experiencing dating violence.

The policy, per Texas Education Code 37.0831 must include:

  • A definition of dating violence including “the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship, as defined by Section 71.0021, Family Code.
  • A “clear statement that dating violence is not tolerated at school.”
  • “Reporting procedures and guidelines for students who are experiencing dating violence.” The reporting procedures must include a way to immediately notify a parent or guardian when their child is identified as an alleged victim or perpetrator of dating violence.
  • Addressing “safety planning, enforcement of protective orders, school-based alternatives to protective orders, training for teachers and administrators at each district campus that instructs students in grade six or higher, counseling for affected students, and awareness education.”

TASB created a list of frequently asked questions regarding dating violence in public schools, and answered questions related to dating violence policy requirements, curriculum and instruction requirements, raising awareness, and responding thoughtfully.