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What Can I Do?

What Can I Do If I Think Someone I Know Is Being Abused?

Advice For Parents

Of 13-18 year olds, only 31% say they have had a conversation about dating abuse with a parent in the past year, making it the least discussed among serious topics asked about, including school/grades (95%), family finances (78%), and alcohol (71%).1

Talk to your son or daughter about dating and healthy relationships. Creating this open dialogue will help with future discussions. If you think your child is being abused by their boyfriend or girlfriend, talk to them about it.

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You and your son or daughter may want to find out what services and options are available. Contact your local service provider. To find a local domestic violence program, call the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906 (English) or 1-800-942-6908 (Spanish).

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  1. Impact of the Economy and Parent/Teen Dialogue on Dating Relationships and Abuse. Liz Claiborne, Inc. 2009.