Teen dating parental consent
Verbal and emotional abuse can be much harder to recognize than physical or sexual assault, but they are no less damaging.
In fact, abusive relationships often start as emotionally or verbally abusive and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence.
If you have a friend who is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, but aren't sure how to talk to them, check out our "What do I say…" handout for some tips.
Remember that your safety and the safety of your friend or loved one is of the highest importance.
Although it can be difficult, it is vitally important to talk to teens about relationships.
It can be as simple as asking them what they are looking for in a relationship, telling them that they deserve to be treated with respect, or reminding them that you are there to listen if they ever need to talk.
If you are age 13 or older, you have the right to file a restraining order without parental consent.
You can call or visit Catalyst for more information, and for help with the process.
We can also help advocate with your school, if necessary.
Catalyst can provide a variety of tools for starting these conversations.
You can also download the "Jealousy Ain't Love" booklet, and look through it on your own and/or with your teen(s).
Addressing teen dating violence and building healthy relationships takes work, and education is the first step.