Teenagers are increasingly at risk from abusive relationships - a quarter of girls and 18 per cent of boys reported some form of physical partner violence in a recent survey by the NSPCC. Abuse could be emotional, physical, sexual and include cyber bullying.
So as a parent what do you look for and how can you protect your child?
Parent Channel's Teen Development Expert Jacqueline Harding has these suggestions:
1. Talk to your teen! Ensure they feel they can trust you and communicate with you.
2. Find out what they think makes a healthy relationship, and see what they're learning from their friends.
3. Tell them they are not to blame if somebody is trying to make them do things they don't want to do and help them to build their confidence.
4. Don't pressure them to end the relationship yet as this may lead to a power struggle but get to know your teen's boyfriend or girlfriend.
Advice for teens if you're in an abusive relationship
1. Teenagers will often turn to a friend before family about problems. If you think you or a friend is in an abusive relationship, trust your gut feelings.
2. If something feels uncomfortable or wrong with the relationship, then it is not likely to be healthy.
3. Get help immediately. Don't keep your concerns to yourself.
4. Break the silence. Talk to someone you trust, like a parent, teacher, or a school counselor or nurse. Tell them what the other person has done to you and how they treat you.
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