Parents who suspect their child is in an unhealthy relationship may not know how to help. Parents can begin discussing healthy relationships and signs of dating abuse with their children before they even begin dating. Here are six tips on how parents can navigate having conversations about dating violence with their children.

1. Educate yourself.

Learn warning signs of abusive behavior. You can give your child examples of different actions partners take in a healthy relationship, including having trust, being honest, and communicating with each other. Share a list of relationships in your child’s life that are healthy, and explain why they are considered to be so.

2. Listen.

Teens may be nervous or worried to share their experiences with their parents. They may be concerned that they will be in trouble with their parents and they won’t understand their situations.