We talk a lot about love in February, but it’s also a time to talk about breaking the cycle of dating violence. During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, know what makes up a healthy relationship.
♥️ Be a good role model — Teens model their parents’ behaviors. Everyone should give and expect respect.
💙 Listen to that inner voice — Pay attention to the voice inside that says, “I’m uncomfortable in this situation and don’t want to do this.” Trust what your teen is saying to you about their situation.
💛 Know the danger signs — Signs of an abusive relationship are being manipulated, verbally put down, pushed or slapped, or kept isolated from other relationships (like friendships).
💚 No means no — If anyone in the relationship says “no,” the other partner should respect that directive. Be honest and clear in your communication about consent.
💖 Confide in a trusted adult — Feeling threatened or oppressed by a dating partner? Find a parent, teacher or counselor to talk to.
If you or someone you know is involved in an abusive relationship of any kind, immediate and confidential support is available by visiting loveisrespect.org, calling 1-866-331-9474, or texting “loveis” to 22522.