LA Unified School District Resolves to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

LA Unified School District Resolves to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has unanimously approved a resolution that will call on schools to actively prevent teen dating violence – and kudos to Peace Over Violence's Start Strong program for leading the charge. The action follows the recent tragedy of Cindi Santana, a high school senior who was killed on school grounds on September 30th by her ex-boyfriend.

“We’re very happy that Los Angeles has adopted this change after years of advocacy by Peace Over Violence and other local partners,” said Debbie Lee of Futures Without Violence. “Based in part on the model policy we developed for our Start Strong initiative, it is a welcome shift to recognize that these tragedies can be prevented, and hope that it’s a sign of things to come for other school districts in California and across the country."

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Futures Without Violence. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation are investing $18 million in 11 communities across the country to identify and evaluate the most promising pathways to stop dating violence and abuse before it starts.

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