Early signs of dating violence
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As a parent, you must know the signs of abuse in order to stop it. Jill Murray's warning signs can help you prevent your daughter from being a victim.“For example, demanding to know where someone is at all times, touching or pinching parts of someone's body in public when they’ve made it clear it’s unwanted, or controlling what type of clothes someone wears—these are all abusive behaviors that violate someone’s boundaries.” The laws about sexual violence and dating violence vary by state and situation.The following information is not a legal guide or an exhaustive list—rather it’s a general list of early warning signs for behaviors that are, or could become, violent.February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, but dating violence can happen across all age groups.The way dating violence is often portrayed in the media suggests acts of physical and sexual violence.Most importantly, if you keep the line of communication open with her, you'll be able to notice more signs.
For more information, call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE.
Start the Conversation Early education and prevention are critical.
We teach our children from a young age to be kind to one another.
Hitting isn’t nice, calling someone names isn’t kind, and sharing is caring.
These lessons shouldn’t end when kids leave the playground and become teenagers.
Early warning signs of an abusive partner For teens and those new to dating and relationships, it’s can be difficult to identify controlling behaviors from caring behaviors.