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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen dating violence hurts not only the young people who experience it, but also their families, friends, schools and communities, making its effects impossible to ignore.

Talking with teenagers about how to form healthy relationships is an important step in the prevention of teen dating violence. However, research shows that currently only one in four parents have talked to their children about these issues. It is important that parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents and guardians host conversations with their teens about domestic violence and sexual assault, but it can be hard to know where to start.

In honor of teen dating violence awareness and prevention month, take some time in February to explore the resources below, talk to your teens about healthy relationships and stop the violence.


Before you sit down with your teenager, read 10 Tips on Talking about Healthy Relationships with your Teen and learn how to maintain mutual respect throughout a potentially difficult conversation.

Check out 100 Conversations Starters to view topics that will help you start an open dialogue with your teenager about relationships.

If you believe your child is in an unhealthy relationship, visit the Love is Respect website to learn about the warning signs and what to do to help your teen.

Enroll in a free 60 minute on-line course called Dating Matters to get an in-depth look at teen dating violence, the risk factors and the importance of communicating healthy relationship standards with teenagers.