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|Relates to the creation of a school-based teen dating violence prevention program designed to be incorporated into a school district's existing health curriculum to prevent and reduce the incidence and prevalence of teen dating violence.|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1157 SPONSOR: Paulin
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the creation of a school-based teen dating violence prevention program   PURPOSE: To promote education of students regarding teen dating violence.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends the public health law by adding a new section 56 to require the commissioner of education, in cooperation with the commis- sioner of health, the office for the prevention of domestic violence and organizations that promote teen dating violence awareness and healthy relationship behaviors to establish a school-based teen dating violence prevention program that shall include(i) age-appropriate curriculum, lesson plans and best practices for students, parents and school person- nel to promote teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship behaviors; (ii) instructional tools for students, parents and school personnel on healthy relationship behaviors and teen dating violence awareness and prevention; (iii) materials related to teen dating violence prevention and education provided at no cost to every school entity that are also made publicly available on The department's webpage. Outlines that the commissioner shall issue a guidance memoran- dum to schools and inform them about the prevention and education program. The commissioner should urge schools to work with local organ- izations to develop policies and procedures on responding to incidents of teen dating violence and healthy relationship initiatives. Section two sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The prevalence of teen dating violence, particularly in schools, has lasting effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 percent of high school students report physical violence and 11 percent report experiencing sexual violence from a dating partner in the past year. The CDC and other U.S. government agen- cies recommend education and prevention programs in schools to reduce dating violence and to foster healthy relationships. As New York State's programming and training leader for preventing domestic violence and providing services to victims, the New York Coali- tion Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) has done extensive work in this area. It has developed a curriculum on teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationships, which could serve as a model for this program. The most effective programs are community-based, with collaboration between the school and local organizations that promote teen dating violence awareness. Several schools have successfully worked with local domestic violence organizations to implement teen dating violence prevention programs, and such collaboration should be encouraged state- wide. As the statewide membership organization of local direct service domestic violence programs, NYSCADV can facilitate connections between schools and local organizations to develop policies and procedures to best respond to incidents of teen dating violence and to foster healthy relationship behaviors among our school-age children across the state. Teen dating violence is a serious public health concern, and our efforts to address this issue must focus on prevention, specifically through education in schools. Several states have passed legislation to include teen dating violence education in the health curriculum of public schools, including Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. By requiring the NYS Department of Education to establish a school-based teen dating violence prevention program, we will be better able to help our children and youth recognize inappropriate and harmful behaviors, prevent violence in dating relationships and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our children.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.I209 in 2021 and 2022, referred to education / S.757 referred to education. A.355 in 2019 and 2020, referred to education / S.3453 referred to education. A.5354A in 2017 and 2018, referred to education. / Same as S.4528A in 2017 and 2018, committed to education.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1157 2023-2024 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 13, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the creation of a school-based teen dating violence prevention program The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new 2 subdivision 57 to read as follows: 3 57. School-based teen dating violence prevention program. a. The 4 commissioner shall consult and collaborate with the commissioner of 5 health, the office for the prevention of domestic violence and organiza- 6 tions that promote teen dating violence awareness, prevention and educa- 7 tion, as well as other interested parties, to establish and develop a 8 school-based teen dating violence prevention program within the depart- 9 ment. Such program shall be defined by the commissioner in regulations 10 after consultation with the department of health and the office for the 11 prevention of domestic violence and be designed to educate students, 12 parents and school personnel about healthy relationship behaviors, teen 13 dating violence awareness and prevention. The teen dating violence 14 awareness prevention program shall include but not be limited to: 15 (i) age-appropriate model curriculum, exemplar lesson plans and best 16 practice instructional resources for students, parents and school 17 personnel developed or approved to promote awareness of healthy 18 relationship behaviors and teen dating violence prevention. Such model 19 curriculum, lesson plans and instructional resources shall include but 20 not be limited to information on healthy relationship behaviors and teen 21 dating violence, recognizing the warning signs of teen dating violence, 22 and a discussion of local community resources that are available to 23 teens in an abusive relationship; 24 (ii) instructional tools and materials for students, parents and 25 school personnel developed or approved in collaboration with the commis- EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02143-01-3A. 1157 2 1 sioner of health and the office for the prevention of domestic violence, 2 which shall include updated data and information on healthy relationship 3 behaviors and teen dating violence awareness and prevention, with a 4 review of such data and information to occur periodically, at intervals 5 deemed appropriate by the commissioner, the commissioner of health and 6 the office for prevention of domestic violence; and 7 (iii) public availability of all materials related to the teen dating 8 violence awareness prevention program on a dedicated webpage on the 9 department's internet website, and all materials shall be provided at no 10 cost to every school district, board of cooperative educational 11 services, charter school and nonpublic school upon request. 12 b. The commissioner shall issue a guidance memorandum to every school 13 district, board of cooperative educational services, charter school and 14 nonpublic school, to inform them of the availability of the teen dating 15 violence awareness prevention program and to encourage them to work and 16 collaborate with local organizations that promote teen dating violence 17 awareness, prevention and education and to develop policies and proce- 18 dures on responding to incidents of teen dating violence and healthy 19 relationship initiatives. The commissioner shall annually remind school 20 districts, boards of cooperative educational services, charter schools 21 and nonpublic schools, of the availability of teen dating violence 22 awareness and prevention materials as part of teen dating violence 23 awareness and prevention month. 24 § 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding 25 the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the 26 addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary 27 for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized 28 to be made and completed on or before such effective date.