Shilling Co-authors Teen Dating Violence Legislation

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — Legislation to help prevent teen dating violence was introduced by Senator Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse this week. In a press release Shilling said that 1 in 5 female students and 1 in 10 male students in the United States experience physical and/or sexual dating violence. The proposed law would require the Department of Public Instruction to create model policies for preventing and responding to teen dating violence in schools and incorporate teen dating violence curriculum into its age-appropriate health education curriculum. According to “End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin,” 20 percent of Wisconsin teens have experienced some form of violence in their dating relationships. Since 2000, 30 teenagers in Wisconsin have been the victim of intimate partner homicide.

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