Helping my teen who is an abusive relationship

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Helping my teen who is an abusive relationship

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You know, if your teenager is in an abusive relationship and you’ve tried everything you can and they’re still not responding, I think it’s important to give yourself a break. There are so many people in young people’s lives these days that can affect them positively and maybe you don’t have all the answers and maybe they’re not responding, but what you can do as a parent is start putting them in contact with people who can maybe help them or can maybe help better communication. That can be contacting Love is Respect. That can also be talking to somebody at school. Finding out who an important mentor is to them. But also, just in general, ask things like, “What can I do for you?” And accepting that maybe there are other circumstances that are going on that may be preventing them from leaving. So it’s also about asking your young person like, “What’s going on? What’s happening?” And getting an understanding of the relationship. We can’t do it all on our own, sometimes we need help, but sometimes we also need to know what the person is dealing with is best way of finding about what works for them.

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Brian Pinero

Abuse Helpline Coordinator

Brian Pinero is the director of the National Dating Abuse Helpline, the advocacy service provider behind loveisrespect.org. Through loveisrespect, teens and young adults can receive crisis intervention and education about healthy relationships via text, chat or phone. Pinero has dedicated over 10 years to helping teens and has previously supervised youth shelter services, been an investigator at Child Protective Services and worked as a juvenile probation officer. 

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