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Help your teen

When your teen was a young child and you were teaching them the abc's and reading them their favorite bedtime story, you likely never imagined having to tackle serious subjects like teen dating abuse. 

Discussing this topic with your teen can feel uncomfortable, but it is vital that your teen hears from you about what is healthy and safe when it comes to dating.

Teens in abusive situations truly need the support of their parents. Even in the rockiest parent-teen relationship, the advice of a parent can make a dramatic difference in a teen’s life. For that reason, it’s imperative that you familiarize yourself with the warning signs of dating abuse and what you can do to help.

How do I recognize the signs?

An abusive person will do various things to control their partner. A teen experiencing abuse may:

    Make changes in their daily rituals
    Retreat from school or activities
    Experience isolation from friends
    Make changes in clothing
    Wear clothing inappropriate for the weather in order to hide marks
    Have visible marks or bruises
    Spend excessive amounts of time with the person they’re dating

What can I do to help?

If you notice something has changed, consider talking to your teen:

    Ask questions about your teen’s life
    Listen with an open mind
    Support your teen as they decide what to do
    Open up clear channels of communication
    Be calm and take positive action

(adapted from loveisrespect.org)

You are not alone! AWAIC has trained advocates available 24 hours per day
at (907) 272-0100 to support you in supporting your teen with this difficult issue.

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