Dating abuse is a pattern of behavior, attitudes and beliefs that seek to exert power and control over another person in a dating relationship.A dating relationship is defined as a person involved in an intimate or romantic association with another person, regardless of length or exclusivity of the relationship.
They may be embarrassed or ashamed, and may blame themselves. Tell them that you are concerned for their safety and well-being and that you are there for them.
They may be afraid their parents will make them break up, convinced that it is their fault or that their parents will blame them or be disappointed in them, and afraid of losing privileges. Ask them what they would like to have happen..can you help them be safe. Educate yourself—access online resources, read, call Caring Unlimited for information and/or support for yourself!
They are often afraid of retaliation from their partner for telling.
They may have little or no experience with healthy dating relationships and confuse jealousy with love.
It can be scary to suspect that your teen might be in an abusive relationship.
As a parent, your instinct is to help your child in whatever way you can.
This need to help can drive you to quickly react, but sometimes what feels like the right plan of action could stop the conversation before it begins.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to help a child who is experiencing abuse.
Listen and Give Support When talking to your teen, be supportive and non-accusatory.