Raising Awareness: Teen Dating Violence

(Dating violence, according to, is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power or control over a dating partner.)

Adolescents are often unaware of their vulnerability, particularly in social situations; this could prevent them from understanding the mechanisms of dating violence, or when they might be a victim of it. The effects of unhealthy dating relationships¬†that begin early in a teen’s life can last a lifetime, and may even be internalized as “normal” by both the victim and the abuser. In an effort to make their children aware of these dangers, and keep a watchful eye on their teen’s dating life, it is important for parents to talk to their children about what dating violence is and how to deal with it.

However, if you feel your child is already in an abusive relationship and is in need of professional help, please contact us at Courage to Connect by calling (847) 730-3042. We are here for you – let’s connect.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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