"As I understand it, it's not 'Why aren't you doing it? We just haven't identified them well enough yet to help these schools implement HB 121." The silver lining is that the schools enforcing the policy – specifically in Round Rock ISD, Dallas ISD, and Austin ISD – are doing so exceptionally well.
Several Austin schools have a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week every February, which frequently includes participation from the women of TAP.
' These are all forms of emotional abuse that are tricky to spot." It's for those reasons that local organizations, including TAP and TCFV, have worked tirelessly to get laws passed to help promote education and eradicate domestic violence at the teen level.
In spring 2007, the Legislature passed HB 121, which added Section 37.0831 to the Texas Education Code.
This includes providing teacher and administrator training; school enforcement of emergency protective orders, which teens in Texas can now legally apply for on their own; and alternatives to protective orders.
In 2010, Break the Cycle – a legal resource for teen domestic violence victims – gave Texas a C on its State Law Report Card.
Imagine a teenager hearing an abuser say, 'If you don't do this with me, I will tell everyone you're a slut.' Or, 'Why do you make me do this?With this addition, it became mandatory for every school district in the state to adopt and implement a dating violence policy.Schools must be able to define the different types of dating violence and also be equipped to address the issue.Recommendations for improvement included changing the law to allow teens to apply for "stay away" orders – as emergency protective orders are colloquially known – and to "allow minors to access all sensitive [i.e., contraceptive, abortion, and other medical] services without parental involvement." That first change has since been implemented; contraception and abortion remain, of course, thorny issues in Texas.Now, as the first state to pass a law requiring schools to address domestic violence, Texas would seem to be slightly ahead of the curve.