“It’s about one person trying to have power and control over their partner,” Crawford says.
“So, yes, some of the behaviors we see in adult relationships, we see in youngsters as well.” When it comes to technology, controlling behaviors include: Crawford says that stopping the cycle means parents and educators need to take the lead.
Be available to assist with safety planning but let your teen take the lead on when and how to end the relationship.
If you need more advice on how to help a youngster who’s being abused or if you want help starting the conversation about healthy relationships, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline or visit
Learn more about how to talk to your son or daughter about healthy relationships and dating violence in “Healthy, Unhealthy or Abusive?
The internet can be a helpful support tool for victims of domestic violence to find information and share their stories. Use a gender-neutral user name on websites and do not share personal information.
We should be working to shift power back to them.” Here are some things you can do, according to loveisrespect.org: Listen.
Be available for your teen to talk to and offer support. We and the millions of people who use this non-profit website to prevent and escape domestic violence rely on your donations. Sometimes teens feel more comfortable talking to other teens.
If you, or someone you know may be in an unhealthy relationship, there is help out there!
Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.
On March 14 of this year, a young girl’s prank had unimaginable consequences.
Tysen Benz, 11, hanged himself after reading messages on Snapchat saying his 13-year-old girlfriend had died. It was all made up by the young girl; she was sending the messages from a friend’s account.
It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.