February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and it’s an issue the Sexual Assault Resource Center of the Brazos Valley says is prevalent in our area.

The good news? “We have all kinds of resources to help parents and survivors address this and get through this,” said Jennifer Hunt of SARC.

Hunt also says teen dating violence can look like many things: a lack of privacy between partners, hurtful words, divisive behaviors.

“One way to spot this as a parent is to notice if the teen is pulling away from the family,” said Hunt. “But really, just working to keep an open dialogue with the teenager is useful. Asking open questions and letting them lead the conversation can help get them to open up.”

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