Don’t forget check back with our blog throughout February for more on Teen DVMonth!As any parent knows, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially when it comes to a sensitive topic like dating violence.
We’ll kick off Teen DVMonth tomorrow, February 4th, with It’s Time to Talk Day.The relationships you have in your youth help form the foundations for relationships later in life.It is important to understand what makes a relationship healthy, unhealthy, abusive or somewhere in between.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.It’s difficult, it’s confusing and it’s sometimes hard for adults to understand. They don’t feel comfortable talking to their parents, teachers or coaches about it. Maybe they’ll act out, or even think about hurting themselves. At Teen Lifeline, teens can talk to someone their own age who understand what they are going through because they have gone through it too. Teen Lifeline is a place where teens can help empower other teens to help themselves.Thousands upon thousands of teens are facing daily struggles from school, parents, relationships and peers. Annually, our Peer Counselors provide a “connection of hope” to more than 19,000 troubled youth.According to loveisrespect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a partner.While teen dating violence can happen to anyone, the majority of the violence affects young women.Teen dating violence occurs in straight and gay (LGTBQ) relationships.Recognizing that the person you love is controlling, abusive or violent is hard even for adults.