Parents and dating violence
(pdf) Teen dating violence can include multiple forms of abuse including unwanted physical contact, sexual abuse, and/or psychological manipulation.
Since technology provides quick, constant access to people, it is often used as a tool for abuse and a means to establish power and control that is easier to hide than physical violence and verbal assaults.Many adults fail to take teen dating abuse seriously.It’s important to know that teen dating abuse can be as violent as adult domestic violence.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.A recent study showed that one in four teens in a relationship has been harassed or insulted by their partner via cell phone, Since most technology requires passwords and access codes, teens can easily hide technology-based abuse from their parents, despite how frequently it can occur.
For example, of the, 65% of teens who were asked to engage in unwanted sexual activity through technology, 82% did not tell their parents about it.
Dating Violence Information for Parents It may be hard to think of your teen as having an intimate relationship, let alone an abusive one.
But if you suspect dating violence, your son or daughter needs your support.
Help bring prevention programs into your community.
You can help educate educators about the importance of this issue by introducing your local school administrators to the Respect WORKS! Online courses provide key info on bullying, dating violence Two interactive distance-learning courses, Bullying 101 and Teen Dating Violence 101, provide key information about bullying, cyber bullying, and dating violence and explain how to create safe, healthy environments and relationships.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.