Parents of Teens

                 Tips for Parents


                                Support for your Teen 

Parents play a very important role in ending teen dating abuse. 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


    Learn how to protect your child's privacy:

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 Choose Respect: Teen Dating Abuse and Violence:  

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Teen Domestic Violence - Scenes from GH

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Teen Sexting

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Resources and links for parents of Teens.

A Parent's Handbook:  How to Talk to Your Children About Developing Healthy Relationships (free download)


 A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence handbook - (free download)


Tough Talk:  What Boys Need to Know About Relationship Abuse (free download)


A Women's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Discussing Relationship Abuse (free download)


SAVE is a student driven organization. Students learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects. As they participate in SAVE activities, students learn crime prevention and conflict management skills and the virtues of good citizenship, civility, and nonviolence.  Lots of recourses for parents of teens.

A Gift Just for Parents - Student's Against Violence Everywhere