CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- Members of the PowerBack Club, at Cliffside Park High School, performed outreach about dating abuse during lunch on Wednesday.
PowerBack is a teen dating abuse peer leadership program designed to teach students how to become advocates in their schools, in stopping dating abuse. They train interested students about dating violence, including warning signs, how to support someone in an abusive relationship, and safety planning and providing appropriate resources for support.
The comprehensive teen dating abuse program trains faculty, administration, clinical staff and parents and guardians on the issues, as well as teens. Each school has monthly meetings to educate students, and an awareness event for the greater student body.
The peer leaders at Cliffside Park had the table during lunch to provide materials about dating abuse. Students could also sign a petition that will go to their state representatives, regarding restraining orders for teens. Currently, if you're younger than 18, unless you are emancipated, in the military or have a child in common, you can't apply for a restraining order against an intimate partner who's abusing you, if they are also under 18.
Students were encouraged to take pictures and post to Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #PowerBackNJ, for even greater awareness. For more information about the program, click here.