Dating Violence: Tips for Parents
This brochure reviews the problem of intimate partner violence among
teenagers. The most important concept covered is how parents
ought to interact with their teenagers when abuse is suspected.
Parents need to communicate several messages.
Reviewing these concepts may elicit past histories of abuse
from the patient's parents, because many women have, themselves,
been the victims of intimate partner violence.
- Nothing a child does or does not do is a reason to be abused.
The parents' overwhelming concern needs to be with the
child's happiness and welfare, not to pick and choose their
child's intimate partners.
- If the child decides to end an abusive or bad relationship, the
parents will support the decision.
How to Use This Tool
Parents should be guided to use this experience to be empathetic
with their children and supportive of them in helping find and
maintain nonabusive, healthy relationships.
When giving this brochure to a parent, it may be useful to give
the companion brochure, "Expect Respect: Healthy Relationships,"
to the patient.
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