Generally, we leave it up to the victim – even if he or she is young – to decide when to report.
This approach also helps empower victims to make their own choices, which they need to do to recover from controlling dating partners.
Note to parents of teenagers: Be mindful of the perils of teen dating.
The fact that your child doesn’t have a black eye or swollen lip doesn’t mean she, or he, is not in an abusive relationship.
You will get more honest answers if you set up a comfortable environment and listen respectfully. As hard as it may be, remain calm and non-judgmental, listen to what your child has to say, and let them know that you are there for them.
What if a teenager is in denial that they are in a violent relationship?
Be sure to speak with your child in private, without siblings around.
Maybe you don’t see these things, but notice a change in your child’s behavior.
Are their grades dropping in school or are they frequently absent?
Additionally, social media posts often portray only the good times we have in our daily life, making it more difficult to recognize an abusive situation.
What should a parent do if they suspect their child is a victim of teen violence?
Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.