The script got flipped at Conrad High School by having students teach their teachers about healthy relationships, dating abuse and domestic violence.
Loveisrespect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, has created toolkits designed to help schools educate Texas students about healthy relationships and recognizing the signs of abuse. At the workshops, students discussed their recommendations and experiences to help educators learn how to best utilize the toolkits and resources at loveisrespect.org to support their students.
“We know that domestic violence and dating abuse is preventable, and the earlier we get younger people talking about healthy relationships, the sooner we can make strides toward ending domestic violence and dating abuse,” said Camika Crawford, chief communications officer at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect.
Veena Armstrong with Dallas ISD’s Volunteer and Partnership Services said the workshop was beneficial for students and teachers alike.
“The workshop empowered Conrad students to talk candidly with their teachers about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and I know the impact of what was learned will go far beyond the classroom,” Armstrong said. “Teen dating violence is a tough subject to discuss with anyone, much less your teacher, but I know the lines of communication are open at Conrad High School.”
The workshop at Conrad High School was the first-of-its-kind event from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Crawford said the organization looked to the Conrad workshop to see how they should hold similar conversations across the country.