How to Help Your Teens Develop Healthy Relationships

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Help your teen know how to be in a healthy relationship (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

As part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we have pulled together this resource guide for parents about teen dating violence.  While you may think that this is something that only happens to other people’s children, the statistics tell a different story.  In that story, every parent needs to know how to spot the signs of teen dating violence and what to do if they suspect their teenager is in an unhealthy relationship.

There is a lot of great information available about teen dating violence on the internet.  Here are some of the best sources of information about teen dating violence including statistics, causes, and effects.  This list also includes resources that can be beneficial to parents and teens in learning more about dating violence and working to prevent it in their lives and communities.

  • The Teen Dating Violence Month website – Provides information on spreading awareness, access to resources, ideas on how to get involved in this year’s awareness campaign, and suggestions on talking to your teens.
  • Teen Dating Violence from the Centers for Disease Control – Provides a general overview, access to statistics, and information on what causes teen dating violence
  • Understanding Teen Violence Fact Sheet from the CDC –  Provides an overview, facts, and other information.
  • Help Your Child from LoveIsRespect.org – Information on how to help your child if you suspect they are involved in an abusive relationship.
  • What Are the Signs of Teen Dating Violence from the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence – Overview of what signs parents should be alert for that may indicate a relationship is abusive.
  • Dating Matters from the CDC – Provides details about the Dating Matters initiative within the CDC aimed at providing access to information, education, and proven strategies for preventing teen dating violence
  • Break the Silence, Stop the Violence from the Centers for Disease Control. – This episode of CDC-TV showcases parents talking to their teens about dating violence and discusses how to prevent it.
  • Dating Basics for Teens from LoveIsRespect.org – Overview of what a healthy relationship looks like and how to date safely.
  • SAFE ACT Fact Sheet from Futures Without Violence – Provides information on the SAFE Teen ACT and how it would help prevent teen dating violence.
  • Teaching Teens to Prevent Dating Violence from the National Crime Prevention Council – Offers an overview of the NCPC’s strategy relating to teen dating violence.
  • Love is Respect website from the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – Provides information on how to tell when a relationship is abusive as well as information on awareness activities and events.
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