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MADISON, Wis. – State lawmakers are trying to find ways to end teen dating violence.

A national survey by the JAMA Network shows that 20 percent of female high school students, and 10 percent of male high school students, experience some type of teen dating violence.

The bill would require Wisconsin schools to adopt policies and curriculum to address the issue.

Madison Rep. Melisa Sargent believes the bill would do more than just prevent violence, but strive to teach high schoolers about forming healthy relationships.

“It also provides curriculum for students and those working with students to talk about what (makes) a relationship healthy is and not only address dating violence, but ways to be preventative so they don’t go down the path of experiencing dating violence,” Sargent said.

The legislation has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the Assembly.

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