created at: 2012-09-20February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. We encourage you to talk to your teens about healthy relationships and to think about what to do if they or their friends feel unsafe or not able to make their own choices because of someone they are dating.

What would you do if you found yourself in one of these situations?

  • Your teen is crying and says it’s about her boyfriend but she won’t tell you any details. During your conversation you notice bruises on her arms. 
  • You overhear your teen’s friend say they never spend time together because your teen is always with his girlfriend. Your teen seems offended by the comment and defensive in his response.
  • You notice your teen is changing her style drastically over the period of the time she has been dating her girlfriend. When you ask about it, your teen tells you it is just part of growing up.

Unhealthy and/or abusive behavior in teen relationships is a complicated issue. Talking to teens about it is even trickier. As members of the TeenSafe Advisors group, we would like to offer the following suggestions for adults who want to talk to their teens about their concerns.

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