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OVS Releases Two Publications That Address Response in the District of Columbia to Violence Against Children and Youth

Friday, February 12, 2010

OVS Releases Two Publications That Address Response in the District of Columbia to Violence Against Children and Youth

Policy Guidelines

The Office of Victim Services in the Executive Office of the Mayor released two publications today that provide policy guidelines on response to the violent victimization of children and youth. 

Policy on the Identification and Reporting of Child Victimization was developed with support from the Crime Victim Assistance Fund with leadership from the Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Medical Center. The intent of the policy is to improve the reporting of victimization so that children who experience violence receive care; to ensure that mandated reporters are aware of their responsibility to report suspected child victimization; and to provide resources to strengthen families so that they can better ensure the safety of their children.

The Safe Schools Model Policy: A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Dating Violence and Sexual Violence in District of Columbia Schools was developed with support from the Crime Victim Assistance Fund with leadership from Break the Cycle, a national technical assistance provider and expert on teen dating violence. The purpose of the policy is to create an interdisciplinary approach to teen dating violence that addresses: school response to dating and sexual violence; training for school employees; prevention education for students; services for students experiencing dating and sexual violence; and information on parent’s and student’s rights with regard to dating and sexual violence at school.