Parents can do a lot to prevent teen dating violence and abuse — in both words and actions.
Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.
Teens learn a lot from their parents — both from what they say, and what they do. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.
Take steps to make a difference:
- Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
- Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
- Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
- Call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text loveis to 77054 if you are worried about your teen.
Warning Signs of Dating Violence
Look for warning signs that your teen may be showing, and take action. Talk to your teen, or get in touch with the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474.
- Injuries, even minor ones, if they occur repeatedly.
- A drop in grades.
- A lack of motivation in school or a loss of interest in hobbies.
- Anxiety or depression.