Domestic Violence and Your Children

If you think domestic violence is limited to adults, you’d be incorrect. In a recent survey, approximately 1.5 million U.S. high schoolers—both boys and girls—admitted to being victims of physical violence from a romantic partner within the last year. Unfortunately, research also shows that only about a third of those teens will confess the abuse to someone else.If you’re a parent, finding out your child is a victim of dating violence can be one of the toughest scenarios imaginable. Janice Miller, director of client services at House of Ruth, an intimate partner violence center in Maryland, says her center’s 24-hour hotline gets a lot of calls from parents wondering how to respond to this. She offered up the following advice.

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