Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
WHAM 13 recently aired this segment on Teen Dating Violence in our community, highlighting electronic leashing, a form of digital abuse.
Digital abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. In most cases, this type of abuse is emotional and/or verbal and though it is perpetuated online, it has a strong impact on a victim’s real life.
How to Help Your Child/Teen
- Listen to your teen. Ask the right questions.
- Go to the School Counselor or Social Worker. Willow advocates are often on campus to support schools.
- Call our hotline: (585) 222-SAFE (7233).
Love Is Respect is a recommended resource for parents and teens to learn more about abuse of all types and how to address it.
If you have any questions on how to support your child/teen, call Willow’s Hotline at (585) 222-SAFE (7233).