Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
It's sometimes hard for parents to find a balance between hovering over a teen and giving them too much freedom.
After all, guiding teens into the dating world is an unfamiliar experience for many parents. Some teens date because they see their friends beginning to date and don't want to be left behind.
Have you been held down, shoved, pushed, hit, kicked, or had things thrown at you by your partner?
’ Does your partner make your choose between him/her or family and friends?
Has your partner forced or intimidated you into having sex?
Are you afraid to break up with you partner because you fear for you personal safety? Are you constantly apologizing for your partner’s behavior?
Other teens date because they feel a closeness with someone or feel understood by the person.
One of the most important things for parents to remember is to communicate with their teen.
Before you ask out the object of your affection, or say, "yes" to someone who's interested in you, go through this checklist of questions to make sure you're ready to handle whatever might happen in your new relationship.
About half of 15- and 16-year-olds say they've dated, but just because you've reached a certain age doesn't really mean you're ready to date.
Teen dating violence is similar to and can be as lethal as adult relationship violence.