Teen dating and abuse
In a 2009 study from Teen Research Unlimited, although a majority of parents (82%) said they were confident that they would be able to recognize if their child was in an abusive relationship, 58% could not identify the signs of abuse.Only a third of teens in abusive relationships have told anyone about the violence.Dating violence is a serious and widespread problem facing today’s youth.According to the data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approximately 10% of high school students have reported physical and sexual victimization from a dating partner in the past 12 months.It’s never too early to start having these conversations — childhood and adolescence are crucial times to discuss love, respect, and boundaries.You can help children and youth who have experienced violence and teen dating violence.
Use this conversation card to help you start age-appropriate conversations with children and teen about healthy relationships.Counselors who specialize in working with young people can provide help over the phone and in private sessions at a school or a confidential location. Counselors can be reached by calling the 24-hour helpline at 1-877-R-U-ABUSED.Specialized help for parents When an adolescent or young adult is involved in an abusive relationship, parents can play an important role in supporting them and keeping them safe. Dating abuse prevention counselors help parents to 1) understand the dynamics of abusive relationships; 2) recognize the danger signs of abuse; 3) improve communication with their child; 4) act as a resource for their child; and 5) utilize school and community resources.To learn about the brain science behind how caring adults can help youth overcome trauma and build resiliency, check out this public awareness campaign, Changing Minds Now.Check out these tips for talking with your teen about relationships.