Press Release     February 21, 2017 

Councilmember Nadine Ramsey to Introduce a Resolution Recognizing Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and National Respect Week

NEW ORLEANS – Councilmember Nadine Ramsey will introduce a resolution at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting on  Thursday, February 23, to highlight Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.
 
Teen DV Awareness Month (TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. 
 
The resolution encourages schools within the City of New Orleans to promote age-appropriate instruction to grades 7-12 about healthy relationships and conflict resolution, in an effort to prevent teen dating violence through education.
 
Additionally, the Council will hear from the following speakers: Christy Kane, Executive Director of Louisiana Appleseed; Tarsha Magee Davis, clinical school social worker at Algiers Technology Academy; Jennifer Taylor-Collins, Community Educator for Speak Up! Dating Abuse Prevention Program.
 
Dating violence is more common than many people think. Approximately one in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner and through a survey of at least one Louisiana parish and 900 public school students, 93 percent of teens reported that they think that dating violence is a moderate to very serious problem.
 
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Contact: 
Aylin Maklansky
Legislative Director
Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey, District C
Phone: (504) 658-1030
Fax: (504) 658-1037
aamaklansky@nola.gov
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New Orleans City Council 
The New Orleans City Council is the legislative branch of New Orleans city government. The Council considers and enacts all local laws that govern the City of New Orleans. The Council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City, as recommended by the mayor, and continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The City Council is also the regulatory body for public utilities. It also reviews and has final say on many land use and zoning matters, as well as considers major economic development projects for the City. As a Board of Review for Orleans Parish, the Council examines appeals of property tax assessments for real estate taxes, and certifies tax rolls to the Louisiana Tax Commission. Other responsibilities of the Council include overseeing the operation of the public access television in Orleans Parish. Streaming video and video archives of the City Council’s Regular and Committee meetings can be found on the City Council website.

The City Council is comprised of five districts and two councilmembers-at-large. Council President and Councilmember-at-Large
Stacy Head; Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large Jason R. Williams; District “A” Councilmember Susan G. Guidry; District “B” Councilmember LaToya Cantrell; District “C” Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey; District “D” Councilmember Jared C. Brossett; and District “E” Councilmember James Austin Gray II.