Senate Enrolled Act 316, Heather’s Law, is Indiana’s teen dating violence prevention legislation. The law is named for Heather Norris, who was brutally murdered by her estranged high school boyfriend in 2007. The law requires the Indiana Department of Education to work in collaboration with advocates to compile a toolkit of teen dating violence prevention curricula and policy recommendations for grades 6-12. Heather’s Law does not mandate any action on the part of schools. The legislation requires the Department of Education to identify model teen dating violence resources and to make those available for schools; however, the adoption of these resources by schools is completely optional.
- Dating Violence is the act of controlling and/or abusive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen to both males and females of any race, religion, or sexual orientation.
- In Indiana, 10% of teens reported having been physically or sexually abused by someone they dated.
- Heather’s Voice
- Love is Respect: official site of the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474
- Break the Cycle: provides programs and resources that educate teens about dating violence.
- Teen Relationships: dating violence resource site for teens with live chat.
- Women’s Law: shelters, programs, crisis center, free and low cost legal aid
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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