As any parent knows, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially when it comes to a sensitive topic like dating violence.Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk.Relationship violence is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship that is used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.
In a 2014 survey, 20% of teens report they've been the victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse.
Whatever stage you and your teen are going through in discussing and learning about dating violence — whether you want to teach them about healthy relationships for the future, or you’re concerned with a relationship they are currently in and want to give them advice — there are plenty of resources that can be really helpful.
From phone numbers and victim services centers, to online pamphlets and sites, we’ve put together a list of some of the best resources for teens.
Has your partner forced or intimidated you into having sex?
Are you afraid to break up with you partner because you fear for you personal safety? Are you constantly apologizing for your partner’s behavior?