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    Rutledge to Offer Trainings to Combat Dating Violence

    February 10, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is continuing her push to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence by teaming up with Break the Cycle, a leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs, to offer workshops across Arkansas on healthy relationships and dating abuse. The three-hour trainings will delve into the youth experience of dating abuse, including the health and academic impacts and how it differs from adult experiences.

    “If we can teach teenagers how to handle dating violence and to create healthy relationships, it will help curb the constant cycle of teen dating violence leading to domestic violence,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am proud to partner with Break the Cycle, the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Arkansas Department of Education to bring these important workshops here so that educators will be able to better communicate how to have healthy relationships. I encourage Arkansas teachers to take advantage of these trainings so that we can finally begin to break the cycle of abuse.”

    Through Act 952, passed by the General Assembly in 2015, Arkansas students in grades 7 through 12 must receive instruction on dating violence awareness as a component of health courses. This training will give teachers the resources they need to comply with the act, and the Attorney General’s office is committed to supplying schools with dating violence awareness materials.

    Participants will learn foundational knowledge about dating abuse, methods for intervention and instruction on how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session with their students or youth group. Using pop culture and media clips that are familiar to teens, the workshops will include discussions to help teens recognize abuse and become critical thinkers on how these images can affect teens’ views on healthy relationships.

    Registration information can be found at

    Workshop attendees will hear from Jasmine Uribe and Sarah Colomé.

    Uribe is a leader in the dating abuse prevention movement and serves as leadership and engagement manager for Break the Cycle, which includes overseeing Loveisrespect with the National Youth Advisory Board.

    Colomé manages and implements all major projects and initiatives within Break the Cycle's Training and Technical Assistance Program, as well as provides technical assistance to grant recipients for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

    Full workshop schedule details:

    Feb. 22

    Southwest Educational Service Cooperative

    2502 South Main

    Hope, AR 71801

    Feb. 23

    Little Rock School District Instructional Resource Center

    3001 South Pulaski St.

    Little Rock, AR 72206

    March 29

    Northwest Educational Service Cooperative

    4 Double Springs Road

    Farmington, AR 72730

    March 30

    Southeast Arkansas Educational Service Cooperative

    1022 Scogin Drive

    Monticello, AR 71655

    March 31

    Crowley’s Ridge Educational Service Cooperative

    1606 Pine Grove Lane

    Harrisburg, AR 72432

    For more information, please contact the Attorney General’s office at (501) 682-2007.

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