Dating Violence Classes Required at Rhode Island Schools

Published: October 5, 2008

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Rhode Island middle and high schools are now required to teach students about dating violence in health classes, according to ABC News.

The Lindsay Ann Burke Act was created by Ann and Chris Burke, whose daughter Lindsay was a victim of dating violence. The goal of the classes is to teach teens the warning signs of an abusive relationship so those in that type of situation can leave violent partners.

Rhode Island school districts are expected to begin implementing the new program this school year. By December, district officials plan to have a policy that responds to incidents as a result of dating violence.

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