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Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Is your teenager in a healthy relationship? How do you know if she or he is safe in a relationship? After reading these articles, these may be some of your questions.

Parents and caregivers know that open communication with their teen is a good way to establish trust and know what is going on in their lives. Research shows that parents or caregivers who consistently talk about healthy relationships with their teens can help protect them. If you are concerned that a young person in your life may be involved in an abusive relationship, here are some general tips*:

1. Discuss what healthy relationships are—long before you think your teen might start having relationships.

2. Discuss abusive relationships—what abuse looks or feels like, if they have seen a friend abused or how abuse is represented in the media.

3. Ask about their relationships—Listen to what they have to say.

4. Let them know they can come to you for help—If they feel they cannot talk with you about their relationships, let them know about hotlines or other sources of support (health care providers, relatives, church leaders, etc.) to which they can go.

National Dating Abuse Helpline:

1-866-331-9474; 1-866-331-8453 (TTY); http://www.loveisrespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); 1-800-787-3224 (TTY); http://www.ndvh.org

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673); http://www.rainn.org


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