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Dating Violence - Heather's Law

In Indiana, 10% of teens reported having been physically
or sexually abused by someone they dated.

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Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 316 was approved by the Indiana Senate and House, and signed into law in 2010 by Governor Daniels. SEA 316 is referred to as "Heather's Law," named for Heather Norris, who was brutally murdered by her estranged high school boyfriend in 2007.

This bill requires the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) to develop or identify model dating violence educational materials and a model for dating violence response policies in Indiana schools. SEA 316 requires the DOE to collaborate with organizations that have expertise in dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual abuse, to develop these models by July 1, 2011.

Dating Violence is the act of controlling and/or abusive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen to both males and females of any race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Debbie Norris, mother of Heather Norris, was the driving force for passage of SEA 316. She worked tirelessly to create legislation in her daughter's memory, to educate young people about what is a healthy or unhealthy relationship. This new law will make sure every student in grades 6 through 12 will get the message.

Friends recall Heather's laughter was frequent and she was full of joy.  But her happiness faded when she began dating Joshua during her senior year.  It was clear to family and friends something had changed.  They remember the abuse was not only emotional but also physical. 
 Dating Violence
Learn more about Heather Norris and dating violence: 
Heather's Voice

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