Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Aunt Martha’s wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.
More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.
Take steps to make a difference:
- Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
- Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
- Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
- If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy.
Personal Health Tools
How much do you know about dating “don’ts,” fights, and friends? Check out these relationship quizzes to see how much you know, and to learn more.
- Communication Tips for Parents
- Teens spend much of the day outside the home — at school or at after-school activities or jobs and with their friends. But it’s important to try to talk with your teen every day to share opinions, ideas, and information.
- Break the Silence: Stop the Violence Video
- It may shock you to know that one out of every eleven teens reports being hit or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past twelve months. But why is that, and how can we change it? In “Break The Silence: Stop the Violence,” parents talk with teens about developing healthy, respectful relationships before they start dating.
- Talk with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships
- You can help your teen build strong, respectful relationships. Start by teaching your son or daughter about healthy relationships. Talking about healthy relationships is a great way to show that you are available to listen and answer questions – so make sure to check in often with your teen.
- Talk to Your Kids about Sex
- It may be hard to know where to start, especially if your parents didn’t talk to you about sex when you were growing up. These tips and strategies can help.
- Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs
- Talk to your child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.
- Help Someone in an Unhealthy Relationship: Quick tips
- It can be hard to know what to do when someone you care about is in a controlling or violent relationship. These tips can help.
- Take Steps to Protect Yourself from Relationship Violence
- It can be hard to know if your relationship is headed down the wrong path. While it’s not always possible to prevent relationship violence, there are steps you can take to try to protect yourself.