April 4-8, 2016 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week.

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Also, perpetrators of teen violence are more evenly split between male and female than in adult relationships.

While young men tend to be more physical in their abuse, women often threaten to harm themselves, yell or engage in the physical acts of kicking, scratching or pinching. Teenagers are still developing both their identity and their ability to manage emotions.

Practice what you preach, and be a safe person for them to confide in.

Stop the Stigma It may be more acceptable to report rape and abuse now, considering sexual and domestic abuse are talked about via social media platforms, but victims still struggle to accept that it isn’t their fault.

* Meanwhile, 81% of parents believe dating violence isn’t an issue for teenagers.

* 100% of parents failed to correctly identify warning signs of dating violence.

Here are some points to cover: Above all, model healthy dating habits with your own spouse or partner.

Kids and adults alike pay more attention to actions than words.

Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.