Here is another story about Teen Dating Violence where a professional counselor offers tips to teens to keep them safe.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. It is a month usually associated with love but some teenage girls are receiving threats and abuse from their boyfriend.
“According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a partner. Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, which is triple the national average.
Most abuse comes from electronic communications like: monitoring the whereabouts of a partner, posting intimate or embarrassing pictures of video of a partner, even name-calling on social media.”
McCoy advises parents to be in close contact with their kids and look for any odd behavior.
“I would advise parents to always know who their kids are with and where they are and certainly get to know the person that their child is dating,” she said. “Keep lines of communication open, stay up at night when those kids come home from those parties or dates and talk to their kids and just see what type of emotional state they’re in, are they happy or are they distressed.”
McCoy said she hasn’t had a lot of students talk to her about an abusive relationship but it does happen.
Signs of Dating Abuse are at: http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/is-this-abuse
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