Break the Cycle: State Report Cards on Teen Date Violence
Break the Cycle presents the 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card.
Teens across the country face overwhelming obstacles to accessing help for domestic and dating violence, particularly civil domestic violence protection orders.
In 2008, Break the Cycle conducted a nationwide review of each state’s civil domestic violence protection order laws and their impact on teens seeking protection from abusive relationships. The results were reported in the 2008 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card.
The results are updated as of April 2009.
Each state has different requirements for getting a civil domestic violence protection order. Because it makes protection orders extremely difficult for teens to obtain, Colorado’s grade for protecting teen victims of domestic and dating violence is a D.