They have a greater risk of becoming involved in an abusive act and traumatized in their own relationships, according to the AAP.
Parents can play a key role in prevention by being a positive role model.
Given that 1 in 5 high schoolers experience dating violence, you’ll want to be sure you do your part to help your child understand what a healthy relationship feels and looks like.
Below you’ll find information and tools to help you talk to your kids about healthy relationships, guidelines on how to navigate their world of cell phones and social networking and how to talk to your kids about being an upstander vs. If you suspect your teen may be a victim of abuse, you are the most important resource and advisor for your child.
Teens who experience or perpetrate abuse in their dating relationships are very likely establishing patterns of abuse that can carry on throughout their adult lives. Knowing the early warning signs of abuse can help you to identify whether your teen is in an abusive relationship before it’s too late. Offer to connect your teen with a professional, such as a counselor or attorney, who will keep the conversations confidential. Stress to your teen that you are on his or her side. Let your teen know that the abuse is not his or her fault and that no one deserves to be abused.
Some of these signs include: What You Can Do Tell your teen that you are concerned for his or her safety. Make it clear that you don’t blame your teen and that you respect his or her choices.
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