Cindi Santana and her family did everything right to ensure her safety and the system failed them. Responding to dating abuse requires parents, schools, community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to work together.
Last month, Break the Cycle released its third annual State Law Report Cards, a survey of the nation's teen dating violence civil protection laws. And for the third year in a row, Virginia received a failing grade.
I don't want to discount the effort it takes to get the federal government to declare a national Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Yet I wonder, now that we have it, what good is it going to do us?