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6 Tips for Parents Talking About Dating Abuse

Parents who suspect their child is in an unhealthy relationship may not know how to help. Parents can begin discussing healthy relationships and signs of dating abuse with their children before they even begin dating. Here are six tips on how parents can navigate having conversations about dating violence with their children.

1. Educate yourself.

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Breaking the Silence to Break the Cycle

This Valentine’s Day, we ask you to start this conversation about domestic violence and healthy relationships in whatever way you can.
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Steubenville High School Football Players Convicted of Raping Teen

April 1, 2013
Jeff Truesdell
Take a Stand Against Violence
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Phone App Wakes Parents Up to Teen Dating Abuse

September 13th, 2011
Jane Randel
Parental involvement is key to combating teen dating abuse, says Jane Randel. The Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Love Is Not Abuse campaign has created an iPhone application to educate parents on what their teens may be going through.
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Telling Amy's Story -- It's Time to Talk

December 8th, 2010
Mariska Hargitay
On November 19, 2010, a 20-year-old college student named Jenni-Lyn Watson was killed while she was home in New York for Thanksgiving break. Police arrested her 21-year-old ex-boyfriend, who they say was upset about Watson's wishes to end their relationship. Police say he had left her body in a park near her home, hidden under debris.
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