If they do come to you to talk, let it be on their terms, and meet them with understanding, not judgment. Your child may be reluctant to share their experiences in fear of no one believing what they say.
Showing skepticism could make your teen hesitant to tell you when things are wrong and drive them closer to their abuser.
Let your teen know that you are concerned for their safety by saying things like: “You don’t deserve to be treated like this;” “You deserve to be in a relationship where you are treated with respect” and “This is not your fault.” Point out that what’s happening isn’t “normal.” Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.
Remember, dating violence occurs in both same-sex and opposite-sex couples and any gender can be abusive.
You can look for some early warning signs of abuse that can help you identify if your child is in an abusive relationship before it’s too late.
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