There comes a time when you have to let your little girl venture out into the world of dating. As an experienced adult you already know the dangers that might be out there for your daughter, but as a teenager whose hormones are all over the place, the dangers are nowhere to be found.
As a parent, it will be important that you pay attention to your daughter when she begins dating. You need to know about the type of person she’s seeing, where they’re going, and when you expect them to be back. But no parent is perfect, so what happens if you suspect your daughter is a victim to dating violence?
Common Emotional/Social Signs She’s Being Abused
During the teenage years it is important that parents have a great relationship with their kids. This way it is easy for them to recognize when something is wrong. Some emotional or social signs of abuse might be:
- The lack of desire to hang out with friends
- Spending more and more time with their boyfriend
- Wearing dark or baggy clothing
- The lack of desire to spend time with family
Signs She’s Being Physically Abused:
Know Your Daughter’s Body
Of course at some point your daughter is going to want her own privacy, but it is important that you pay attention to any new marks or bruises on her body. If you notice bruises on her body or she’s always sore, this could be a sign that she is being abused.
How’s Her Wardrobe?
Is it raining outside, but your daughter insists on wearing dark sunglasses? Or maybe it’s hot outside and your daughter has on a turtleneck? This could be signs of her hiding bruises that she doesn’t want you to see.
What You Can Do
Even if you’ve noticed most of the warning signs listed above you should never jump to conclusions when you confront your daughter. Talk to your daughter about what you’re seeing and let her know that you love and care for her. If and when she is ready to open up to you, accept her with compassion and never blame or judge her for staying in the relationship. If she is willing it might be a great idea for your daughter to see a therapist to discuss what has been going on and get the tools to move on with her life.