Although they may not seem to welcome your involvement, teens in abusive situations definitely need the support of their parents.
Check out the Start Strong program for some great tips and resources on how to help your teens.
I grew up in a household where violence was never an issue.
We never discussed it beyond the general basics most children learn, no one is allowed to physically harm you, make sure you tell us if you are being bullied, and never bully or physically hurt anyone else.
I was the girl who would say with pride that I would never let anyone, especially a boyfriend, hit me. He opened up to me immediately sharing the struggles with his family life growing up. He told me how his father was abusive to his mother and he hated him for it.
I knew that it existed in the world and I knew it was bad if it happened, but I had no idea it was called Domestic Violence, and I definitely had no idea how deeply dangerous, manipulative, gradual and lonely being abused was, until I met Phil. With the amazing upbringing I had experienced it was difficult for me to imagine living in a violent environment.
I happily took on the task of making him feel loved and supported no matter what, it was me who was going to show him unconditional love.
If you suspect a teen in your life is a victim of teen dating violence, contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866.331.9474 or 866.331.8453 (TTY).
Parents play a very important role in helping their adolescents avoid teen dating violence.
It no longer felt like he was concerned for me but that he hated me.
To him I was fat, ugly, I dressed like a whore, I was dumb, selfish and a bitch.