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Bar News - April 16, 2014


President's Perspective: Help Teach NH Students about Relationship Violence

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Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year? Did you know that one in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner? Did you know that one in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend? Studies have shown that these statistics, as troubling as they may be, are accurate. Please join your fellow lawyers and judges in educating young people in New Hampshire about the dangers of teen dating violence.

The New Hampshire Bar Association has created a new program on teen dating violence. When Love Hurts: Rights, Responsibilities, Realities will be introduced in New Hampshire Schools during the month of May as a part of our A Lawyer & Judge in Every School Day. The curriculum for the program is geared toward students in grades 8-12. The materials we have created will help students identify teen dating violence in their own relationships and in the relationships of their friends and classmates. The program will also educate the students about the process for obtaining a civil protective order. The students will be provided information about the interaction between civil protective orders and criminal law, as well as the consequences for those convicted of a criminal offense as either a juvenile or an adult.

A dedicated group of volunteers has been working to develop this program and the materials. The materials developed by the Teen Dating Violence Work Group provide you with all the tools you will need to present this program to the students. We will provide you with extensive written materials and a prepared PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation is embedded with video clips to spark classroom discussion and interaction. We will also provide you with materials to provide to the students.

The materials are prepared and the program is ready to be brought into the schools. We now need you, New Hampshire’s lawyers and judges, to volunteer to present the program in schools and also to recruit schools to participate. If you have a relationship with a particular school, please discuss with them the importance of this program and encourage them to invite a lawyer or judge into their school to discuss this critical issue with students. Please visit the Law Related Education section of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s website to view the materials and to sign up.

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