Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to help a child who is experiencing dating abuse: When talking to your teen, be supportive and non-accusatory.Let your child know that it’s not their fault and no one “deserves” to be abused.Many teens fear that their parents may overreact, blame them or be disappointed.Others worry that parents won’t believe them or understand.Also, talking badly about your son or daughter’s partner could discourage your teen from asking for your help in the future.Resist the urge to give an ultimatum (for example, “If you don’t break up with them right away, you’re grounded/you won’t be allowed to date anyone in the future.”) You want your child to truly be ready to walk away from the relationship.
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Knowing or even suspecting that your child is in an unhealthy relationship can be both frustrating and frightening.
But as a parent, you’re critical in helping your child develop healthy relationships and can provide life-saving support if they are in an abusive relationship.
If you force the decision, they may be tempted to return to their abusive partner because of unresolved feelings.