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Teen Dating Violence: Tips for Parents

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Parents Need to Know What's Going on

  • Learn the myths and facts about dating violence.

  • Some teens who are abused don't talk about it.

  • There are warning signs of abuse.

  • Teach your teenager that respect is the most important thing in a dating relationship.

  • Learn how to talk with your child about dating violence.

Romantic and sexual feelings develop during the teen years. Teenagers are starting to date and experiment with different types of relationships. It is fun and exciting to meet someone new, and sad and difficult to break up.

As a parent, you can help your teenager make good decisions about dating. With guidance and support, teens can learn about healthy relationships and get the strength and courage needed to leave those that are not.