Info for Parents

Each of these pages is a good starting point to learn how you, as a parent, can impact your child’s relationship in a positive way. If you need more individualized help, or if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our trained dating abuse advocates. They’re available 24/7 by phone or chat.

Help Your Child

Knowing that your son or daughter is in an unhealthy relationship can be both frustrating and frightening. But as a parent, you can be instrumental in helping your child develop healthy relationships and can provide life-saving support.

Starting the Conversation With Your Child

As a parent, your instinct is to often to react quickly, but sometimes what feels like the right plan of action could stop the conversation before it begins. Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to help a child who is experiencing abuse.

Safety Planning

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help your child avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when they’re in danger. Even if your child isn’t ready to end their abusive relationship yet, there are steps you can both take to increase safety and be prepared. Need a plan now? Check out our comprehensive, interactive guide.

Texas Advocacy Project

If your child is experiencing dating abuse, the Texas Advocacy Project is a great resource for exploring local legal options. For example, they offer: (1) free and confidential legal advice to victims of teen dating violence, (2) legal representation to minors seeking protective orders, and (3) information about your teen’s rights at school as a victim/survivor.

Misconceptions About Dating Abuse

Feel like you have a handle on what dating abuse is like? It’s often more complicated than you may expect, and the facts just might surprise you. We want you to have the full story.

One Love Danger Assessment

Often when you’re in a relationship, it can be tough to step back and view it from an outside perspective. This assessment can help to offer that perspective, and to see if they’re safe — or at risk — with their current or ex-partner.

Need more support? We always encourage parents to contact one of our trained peer advocates, via phone 1-866-331-9474 or through our online chat.

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