Fearing your LGBTQ child is in an abusive relationship

Brian Pinero, Director for the National Dating Abuse Helpline, shares advice on what to do if you fear that your LGBTQ child is in an abusive relationship
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Fearing your LGBTQ child is in an abusive relationship

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So if your child is lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or questioning, if you’re going to start the conversation is… I think you just need to ask them, “Hey, I’ve noticed that there’s something going on in your relationship.” You don’t worry about what kind of relationship it is. You just worry about… there’s something wrong in their relationship. A lot of times, I think, people feel like you’re approaching it at that they’re different. But people love each other, they still care about each other just like they do in heterosexual relationships. So I think when you’re approaching them, you just ask them, like, “What’s going on in your relationship?” Now, maybe there are some dynamics that may be differently about actually dealing with the fact of coming out or maybe their partner hasn’t come out yet, but you can deal with that stuff. The most important thing to develop that dialogue is just to start the question with, “What’s going on in your relationship?”

Brian Pinero, Director for the National Dating Abuse Helpline, shares advice on what to do if you fear that your LGBTQ child is in an abusive relationship

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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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