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Parents, Let’s Make An IMPACT!

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Teen dating violence is real. We all want to believe that it will never affect us, but it can. It can happen to your daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, or even the friends that your teens interact with daily. Instead of being reactive when the situation hits home, let’s all become proactive and keep our loved ones from developing trauma that could take years to undo.

81 percent of parent do not believe teen dating violence exists. Others even admit that they do not fully understand what teen dating violence is.

“Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner.”

Now that we have the definition…check out this video…

Our teens need us to to be there to believe them, understand them, advise them, and advocate for them.

Here are a few ways that we can be there for them…

  1. Know the warning signs.
  2. Know the resources nationally and in your community.
  3. Work with schools to develop research-informed policies and programs to address teen dating violence.
  4. Talk with teens about healthy relationships.

For more information on how you can make an impact in the lives of the teens around you who are dealing with dating violence or to become more involved contact us at 502-438-TEEN.

Here is another resource to check out: TEEN DATING VIOLENCE TIPS FOR PARENTS