If teens are afraid of punishment from their parents they may not speak out when in need.
Encourage a line of communication that doesn’t have strings or punishments attached.
Dating violence often starts with small acts, like teasing and name-calling.
People often think that these actions are a "normal" part of relationships.
The good news is that you, as a parent or caregiver, can play a major role in preventing teen dating violence.
Dating violence is a type of domestic violence that happens between people in a close relationship.
It occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships and cuts across racial/ethnic and socio economic lines.
Although there are methodological problems accurately determining prevalence rates, a conservative estimate is that one in three adolescents has experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship (Avery-Leaf, Cascardi, O'Leary, & Cano, 1997).
If your child grows up seeing what healthy relationships look like, he or she may be less likely to abuse a dating partner, or to stay in an abusive relationship.
Dating is an inevitable part of life that many experience for the first time as a teenager.
Teenage romantic relationships are more likely to turn violent when: Teens are also sponges – they absorb what they see and hear in the world around them.