If you have a teen who is dating, be alert for signs of abuse, both physical and emotional.
Outward signs can include having bruises, scratches or other injuries and sudden changes in mood or personality. You want to have a conversation which reinforces your teen that you are a real resource that they are safe going to.
Parents are very often the first to see the signs of dating violence in their teens.
Very often, however, the do not realize that they are seeing signs of dating violence.
Make sure they have their phone numbers and know how to contact them.
Provide them with hotline numbers they can call without giving their name if they do experience abuse, and encourage them to share the numbers with their friends.
They are: If they end the relationship, continue to be supportive of them.
Even though the relationship was abusive, they may still feel sad and lonely once it is over.
Warning signs of a Partner Who May Become Violent: How to Prevent Dating Violence First of all, be sure to talk to your kids about violence and abusive relationships when they are young and continue to talk about it throughout their teen years.
Let them know that no form of violence is acceptable behavior; they should not hurt others, and others should not hurt them.
Let them know that you will not judge them or blame them about the experience no matter what and stick to that promise.