Laura Clary, a registered nurse and clinic manager for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, or SAFE, program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, discusses some of the less visible signs for which parents should be on the lookout. Teen dating violence is a big problem, affecting young people from all communities.
Statistics show that up to one in three adolescents are victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse from their partner. While typically dating violence is most common among women ages 16 to 24, we have seen dating violence begin in the sixth grade or with children as young as 12 years old.
All of these things can be signs that your child is in an abusive relationship, and that they need your help.
Is it both boys and girls who can become victims of violence?
Be sure to speak with your child in private, without siblings around.
You will get more honest answers if you set up a comfortable environment and listen respectfully. As hard as it may be, remain calm and non-judgmental, listen to what your child has to say, and let them know that you are there for them.Teen dating violence can occur among children as young as 12 years old.The signs aren’t always obvious, especially in the era of social media.Police should only be called if a crime has occurred.Generally, we leave it up to the victim – even if he or she is young – to decide when to report.What if a teenager is in denial that they are in a violent relationship?It is not uncommon for teens to deny that they are in an abusive relationship.(Ulysses Muñoz, Brittany Britto / Baltimore Sun video)What are some signs parents can look for to determine if their teen is in a violent relationship?Awareness is essential, and parents should know the most common warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.A new study shows just how good they are, in terms of the number of years they can add to your life.(Ulysses Muñoz, Brittany Britto / Baltimore Sun video) You know that getting exercise, eating vegetables and quitting smoking are good for you.