Signs of teen dating abuse

Information for parents can be found in our downloadable brochure or by contacting our Training Coordinator at It is important for parent(s) to know whom your teens are dating and to talk with them about healthy relationships.

Keep in mind that some teens may mistake attention as expressions of love when in fact they are warning signs of control.

Here are some questions and scenarios that may help you protect your teen from an abusive relationship.

It’s scary to realize that we don’t have control over our teen’s decisions, but as long as they live in our house we can make sure that we are doing all that we can to help equip them and protect them from things that will harm.

Teen dating abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional in nature.

This month is teen DVmonth, and our advocates are always here if you or your teen have questions.

If you start to notice any of the following signs, your teen might be experiencing abuse: Staying tuned in to your teen takes patience, love, and understanding – plus a little bit of effort.

If you are concerned about any of your teen’s relationships, reach out and get them talking as soon as possible.

Signs that a teen may be a victim of an abusive relationship: If your teen does not choose to talk, they may still be listening.

Ask if they would be more comfortable talking with someone else, such as a counselor, coach, friend or another trusted person. Most teens find it helpful to have added support when facing this kind of danger or intimidation.