With Valentine’s Day this month, February presents a natural opportunity to talk with teens about healthy dating practices.
According to a 2009 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, “9.8 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey.”
Wendy Isom, Victim Advocate Program Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Police Department, encourages parents to talk with teens about the nature of their dating relationships.
“While the approach we take as advocates may differ with teens, the same warning signs we see in domestic violence relationships among adults are red flags for youth, as well,” she said.
“Hopefully teens have good role models in the home, but for those who don’t, there are always school counselors and even online programs to help them,” Isom added.
They offer the following checklist to determine whether a relationship is veering off course. Ask yourself, Is This Abuse?
As always, if you’re in immediate danger, call 911. But if you’re looking for resources, may we recommend: