The Lindsay Ann Burke Act June 5, 2011Posted by Syd in Uncategorized.
In 2005, Lindsay Ann Burke was murdered by her boyfriend. She had been in an abusive relationship for two years with this person, but like many victims, she did not recognize the warning signs. She was 21.
Like many other teens, Lindsay did not receive education or guidance in school about abusive relationships. She did not know how to recognize the warning signs. Her family didn’t know how to either, as they did know of anyone in their community in an abusive situation. They knew that education is key to help adolescents and teens to recognize the signs of abuse in a relationship and how to protect themselves from dating violence, and pursued the passage of the Lindsay Anne Burke Act.
In 2007, the Lindsay Ann Burke Act was passed in Rhode Island. The law requires the following:
1. Each school district to develop a dating violence policy to address incidents of dating violence that occur at school and inform parents of such policy
2. Each school district to provide dating violence training to administrators, teachers, nurses and mental health staff at the middle and high school levels
3. Each school district to teach an age-appropriate dating violence curriculum through health education classes every year in grades 7 through 12
4. Dating violence awareness trainings for parents are strongly recommended.
5. Verification of compliance with the Rhode Island Department of Education on an annual basis through the annual school health report
And in 2008, the National Association of Attorneys General passed a resolution supporting the Act and teen dating violence eduation in ALL states.
To read more about this and the Lindsay Ann Memorial Fund, please click here.
As always, if you or someone you know is a victim, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE or visit their website: www.ndvh.org
Teen victims can also call the National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 or visit their website at www.loveisrespect.org