" This non-confrontational and indirect approach may prompt your friend to reveal what's wrong.Listen without judging, condemning, or giving unwanted advice.Her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Pratte-Lops, has been charged with first-degree murder.Kyra Paquet, also 18, a cinema and communications student, says she's learning a lot about toxic relationships at Dawson College. about gender issues in literature and we're talking a lot about the cycle of violence," she said.In high school, Paquet says the topic of relationships only came up in her final year, Secondary 5 when most students are 16 or 17 years old."I would have liked to learn about this as early as Secondary 2, maybe Secondary 1," she said, when students are around 12 to 14 years of age.
Teen dating violence is a serious problem that can affect a young person’s current life, her education and her future, and even lead to injury or death.
If a friend wants help, suggest that he or she take the steps listed above in order to be safe and find help.
If you believe your friend is in serious danger, talk with an adult you trust immediately about your friend's situation so that you aren't carrying the burden by yourself.
For that reason, it is very important for parents to recognize the signs of teen dating violence and keep lines of communication open with their children when it comes to relationships and dating.
Share with your children the warning signs that a relationship may turn abusive.