It can be hard for pre-teens and teens to know when a dating relationship is unhealthy.

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Denial amongst parents is also a problem as a recent survey showed that 81% of them didn’t believe that teen dating abuse is an issue or didn’t know if it was an issue.

With confidentiality wanted and confusing laws that may not provide any sort of protection, there are kids right now that are just suffering in silence.

By promoting positive relationship behaviors, teens learn about what they should expect from peers and how they are expected to behave toward peers, in both intimate and friendship relationships.

Pre-teens and teens are forming ideas about relationships that can last a lifetime.

Many abusive relationships have more than one form of abuse present as well. The focus is on teens because their rates of intimate partner violence is nearly triple the national average, which means every child who is a teen is at risk from being abused by their dating partner – even if they don’t believe it is true.

This creates a difficult circumstance for the teen caught in such a situation. That is why it is so important for parents to be involved in the relationships and to even prevent kids from “dating” at the younger ages, especially 12 or younger.For more information, please see our resource guide on teen dating abuse.Dating Basics | Types of Dating Abuse | Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015 | CDC (2016) Kann L, Mc Manus T, Harris WA, Shanklin SL, Flint KH, Hawkins J, Queen B, Lowry R, O’Malley Olsen E, Chyen D, Whittle L, Thornton J, Lim C, Yamakawa Y, Brener N, Zaza S Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?Thank so much for your patience and for being part of our movement for good.Don’t let this hiccup stop you from making change in your community!With only one juvenile court in the United States focusing exclusively on teen dating violence and only one state providing specific protections to teens in this type of situation, it is easy to see why the rates of abuse are so high.