Doctors might be able to bridge this gap by providing additional information for parents through handouts in the waiting room, she says.She praised a high school for holding an assembly about dating violence; it featured a woman who told her story."This study makes it even more important for parents to ask lots of questions and get to know their teen's friends and significant others, and not ignore anything that makes them uncomfortable," says Mc Carthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital.What to Do If you suspect your teen is being abused by a romantic partner, resist the urge to swoop in and save the day.“If you say, ‘I forbid you to see this person,’ how well do you think that’s going to go? “Also, as parents, we have to think about what dating violence goes back to. If your teen is in an abusive relationship, we shouldn’t also be stripping power and control away from them.Start by talking to kids about healthy relationships at a young age—and she means young.“I believe we should start talking about healthy relationships in preschool with 3- and 4-year-olds,” she says.The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence organization, which rescues dozens of people.
Assaults by romantic partners often aren't isolated events.
Of those, more than half of the victims said they were also physically abused.
Adults Are Doing It, Too It’s not surprising to Cameka Crawford, chief communications officer at The National Domestic Violence Hotline, to hear that teen abusers are increasingly using technology to harass their partners, considering the same is true among adult abusers.
Many teens reported being assaulted multiple times, according to the study, based on the CDC's Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance System using questionnaires answered by more than 13,000 high school students."If there is violence once, there is likely to be violence again," Spinks-Franklin says.
"It has to be taken very seriously."Spinks-Franklin say she has seen violence even among relationships between 10- and 11-year-olds."If a parent is concerned that a child is in an unhealthy relationship, they need to address it, but do it in a way that doesn't make the child shut down," she says.