February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
It is not a topic that is pleasant to talk about or one that parents believe can happen to their teen however statistics have proven 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
What is dating violence?
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
February 4th is designated the day to talk, but you can start chatting anytime.
Talk to your teens about dating violence. Why?
- 1 in 3 teens will experience either physical, sexual, verbal abuse or threats from a dating partner.
- Talking about it and raising awareness are the first steps to ending it.
- 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.
While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten common abusive behaviors:
- Checking your cell phone or email without permission
- Constantly putting you down
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Explosive temper
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Making false accusations
- Mood swings
- Physically hurting you in any way
- Telling you what to do
If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help.
Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.