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Guideline for Parents of Teens Reporting Dating Violence



The Guideline for Parents of Teens Reporting Dating Violence offers parents evidenced-informed, practical steps to effectively respond to teens experiencing violence in dating relationships. The guideline was developed through focus groups with parents and teens asking about their thoughts on effective responses to dating violence scenarios.  Through these conversations with parents and teens, the researchers developed five steps to effectively responding to teens reporting dating violence.   This research was funded by a grant through an Innovative and Collaborative Academic Partnership (iCAP) grant through the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social work in collaboration with Brighter Tomorrows and was conducted by Dr. Beverly M. Black and Kathleen M. Preble. We hope you find this to be a useful tool to effective dating violence response.


Beverly Black, Ph.D., MSSW

Jillian Michele Smith Professor in Family Violence Research

Director, PhD Program

School of Social Work

University of Texas at Arlington

Do you know a victim of dating violence?

Free confidential help is available 24/7. Please call at 972-262-8383 or find us online.



Never hesitate to call any of these numbers if you need help.


National Hotlines - Toll Free. Confidential. 24/7. National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline


National Domestic Violence Hotline


National Youth Crisis Line


National Sexual Assault Hotline


National Center for Victims of Crime*

*Monday-Friday 8:30am-8:30pm ET

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