Before you start the conversation with your teenager, think through what your concerns are.
Consider talking about it confidentially with someone like your GP or a friend.
The majority of information gathered over the years indicates that teen dating violence, like adult domestic violence, involves male on female violence in most cases (Levy, 1991; Foshee, 1996; Silverman, J. Teen girls, significantly more often than boys, report that they experience severe violence (Molidor, C. Teen mothers are at a high risk for violence from their partners during both pregnancy and the postpartum period (Harrykissoon, Rickert & Wiemann, 2002).
Taken together they chart a continuum between the secular model and the biblical model. Each person is also aware of the other’s strengths and weaknesses. In a healthy relationship, each person finds joy in sharing in the other person’s growth, in playing a role in “completing” the other. A healthy relationship can be described as two good friends becoming better friends. Few of the magazines that clutter the checkout counters of grocery stores publish articles extolling the joys of sacrifice. Unfortunately, most of us are more accustomed to demanding sacrifice from our partner than to sacrificing our selves.Abuse in relationships – including those between teenagers – can happen to men and boys, but it's much more likely to happen to women and girls. Physical abuse can include hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, pushing, and pressuring or forcing someone into sexual activity.Emotional and verbal abuse involves a person: Talk to your child about what's OK and what's not in a relationship.Recovery without healthy relationships only perpetuates the sinful self-obsession that led to addiction in the first place.In recovery we must learn to shift our focus, thus becoming free to share intimacy with others.About 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey).