Teen dating abuse is similar to and can be as lethal as adult relationship violence. Both include hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse. About one in ten teen couples is affected by dating violence.
These facts make it very important for parents to be aware of abusive relationships. Is you teen withdrawing from school activities? Has your son or daughter become secretive, ashamed or hostile to or isolated from parents, family or friends because of the relationship? Has your teen stopped hanging out with friends? Physical bruises, s of injury or damaged personal property.
Be aware of explanations that seem out of place or changes in make-up or dress. It may also be an attempt to numb pain or emotions.
Parent’s guide to teen dating abuse
However, substance abuse is no excuse for or escape from violent behavior. If the alcohol or other drugs were taken away, the underlying causes and the violence in the relationship may still not be resolved.
If you notice any of the behaviors described above in your teen, it is an indication that your teen may be involved in dating violence. Make sure the timing is right.
What is domestic violence?
Talk about the abuse when you are sharing time together. Be sure to have specific examples to share with your son or daughter that concern you.
Listen and believe in your teen. Speak with sensitivity, support and care.
Remember, if your teen does open up to you, it is possible that you will hear uncomfortable details. It is imperative that you are nonjudgmental by focusing on resolving the problem the behavior rather than criticizing your teen.
Be a comfort zone for your teen. Let your teen have some control in making decisions. Be a role model for supportive, healthy relationships with your own partner.
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