Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk.
Whatever stage you and your teen are going through in discussing and learning about dating violence — whether you want to teach them about healthy relationships for the future, or you’re concerned with a relationship they are currently in and want to give them advice — there are plenty of resources that can be really helpful.
Take a look at the links below for additional input on what to look for and how to stay safe!
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.Let’s face it - Dating Relationships are just hard.Check out a list of helplines and websites offering support and answers to your questions about teen dating and breakup violence .National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) | 1-800-787-3224 [TTY]National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)Love is Respect is a joint project between the National Dating Abuse Helpline and Break the Cycle to provide resources for teens, parents, friends and family, peer advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public. Breakthe engages, educates, and empowers youth to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence.Resources for teens involved in abusive relationships include the following: The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.
SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) Established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress, the Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information, and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends, and families.
Teen dating violence, or dating abuse, is a pattern of destructive behavior used to exert power or control over a dating partner.
It may include physical violence, emotional or verbal abuse, sexual abuse (including being pressured or forced to have sex), or stalking.
It often starts with teasing or name-calling, and can escalate over time to physical assault and rape. Part of what makes dating violence so painful and hard to understand is that there is love mixed with the abuse.
This can make it hard to realize that you really are being abused.
Since its inception in 1985, NCVC has worked with grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies throughout the United States serving millions of crime victims.