As a parent you want to protect your child. Keeping an open conversation and giving them as much information as possible so your teen can be informed and feel that they are safe. If a parent is suspicious or sees signs that his/her teen is an abusive relationship, there are some tips on how to bring to light the abuse in your teens relationship. Check out https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/when-your-teen-is-dating-an-abuser#.VQl2A9LF9jA on tips if and when you suspect verbal, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse.
One of the best things you as a parent can do is to start the conversation before your teen starts dating. Start a conversation about what a healthy relationship looks like, and what is not okay to accept from a partner.For tips on how to start a conversation check out http://www.breakthecycle.org/sites/default/files/hanbook_-_parents_of_teen_0.pdf. Let’s work together with our teens and their communities to break the cycle.