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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Published on February 12th, 2019

Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from their partner every year? This is an alarmingly high number that needs more attention. Thankfully, there are resources available to help educate both parents and children about teen dating violence in addition to February being Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

What is Teen Dating Violence?

Teen dating violence, also referred to as TDV, can be defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teen dating partners. This abuse can come in many different forms, including emotional, sexual, digital, physical and verbal.

What You Can Do to Help

As adults, it is important that you have a conversation with your kids once they start becoming interested in dating and hanging out with potential relationship partners. Three in four parents have never talked to their kids about domestic violence. Although it may be a sensitive subject, it is an important one to touch on. Explain to them that love does not equate to abuse and teach them the importance of understanding the warning signs that abuse is going on.

Apps like the Circle of 6 and One Love Foundation are easy ways to keep your kids educated and involved in safe dating habits. There are also national resources like the National Dating Abuse Helpline that provides helpful resources at all times.

If you think your teen could benefit from adolescent therapy in Minnesota, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Options Family & Behavior Services today.

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