Does your child’s significant other: Abusers are often on good behavior around extended family and may act completely differently when they’re alone with their victims.

If your child is acting differently since the relationship began — moody, sad or withdrawn — this may also be a sign that something’s not right.

It is important for adults who work with teens to educate themselves on how students’ lives outside of school might interfere with their school lives.

In some cases, the abuse is happening during the school day.

Sometimes a teen’s desire to be in a relationship blinds him or her to unhealthy behavior—both his or her own and/or that of the other person—and this can sometimes lead to abuse.

As someone who works with teens, I know firsthand that early intervention by adults plays a crucial role in preventing potential long-term physical or emotional damage.

That’s why it’s so important for communities to band together at all levels—from teens to parents to educators to community advocates—to raise awareness, support one another, and actively work towards preventing relationship abuse among teenagers.

For more info on this important subject, check out these additional resources: [2]Grunbaum JA, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2003.

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Our early romantic relationships can help shape and influence the success of our relationships in adulthood.

Parents, educators, community advocates, and other teens can take steps to prevent and intervene in situations of dating violence as well. Retrieved from February 14, 2017.[14] “Dating Violence Information for Parents.” Dating Violence: Violence Prevention Works.

Clearly, teen dating violence is a significant problem affecting adolescents nationwide, but it is also one that is often overlooked or not recognized. Retrieved from February 14, 2017.[16] “Dating Violence Information for Advocates & Service Providers.” Dating Violence: Violence Prevention Works.

If you’re still not sure what to do, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE to speak with an advocate.