Love Is Not Abuse Teen Dating Education

Love Is Not Abuse is a new app that educates parents about teen dating abuse. It’s also a coalition requesting education about teen dating abuse in schools. As parents, we may be more aware of the signs of teen drinking, drug abuse and of bullying than we are of dating abuse. I’m one of those parents and want to share this very important information with you.

Some sobering facts about teen abuse came from the Liz Claiborne Inc. and Family Violence Prevention Fund study on teen dating violence & abuse linked to the troubled economy conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, June 2009  are:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 teens who have been in relationships have experienced the most serious forms of dating violence and abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, or threats of physical harm to a partner or self.
  • Almost half of teens have personally been victimized by controlling behaviors.
  • 25% of teens report having a course on dating abuse in school.
  • Among teens who said they took a course on dating abuse, 75% say it helped them learn about the signs of abusive relationships.

Love Is Not AbuseTeen dating abuse comes in many forms. Of course,  physical violence is the main form that I was aware of, but there’s also sexual abuse, threats, name calling, accusations of cheating and digital abuse, such as constant and annoying texting, calling or use of social network sites for messaging. The main characteristic of this type of abuse is control – control over friends, clothing, time spent with each other, monitoring cell phones and creating isolation even from family.

Learn the warning signs of teen dating abuse, what to do if your child is a victim or abuser, and how to become a part of the Love is Not Abuse coalition. The Love is Not Abuse App is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, this app is free and created by Liz Clairborn.

The information in this post was provided by Mom Central. I did not receive any form of payment for posting this, but believe this is valuable information for parents.

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  1. Well, I’m not a teen any longer. However, I wasn’t aware that controlling was consider a form of abuse. Although, it makes sense. I can say from a young person’s perspective that I see many friends in controlling relationships and it make me sick. I couldn’t imagine being in a relationship where someone was constantly checking up on me or didn’t allow me to hang out with the people I wanted to. Luckily, I’ve found a great guy who doesn’t do any of that stuff.
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  2. There is actually a PSA that is shown on TV here showing the emotional controlling side of this. It’s pretty good.

  3. That is a great app for parents of teens!
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  4. my first marriage was abusive so this is especially important to me. while i was never in an abusive relationship as a teen, i feel like my daughter knows that if and when she starts dating she has the right information. and a mom who is not afraid to step in.
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  5. I had my share of abusive relationships as a teen (and even in my early 20s). I think this is a great app.
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  6. Thanks for the app information! I’ll pass it along.
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