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You might love your family member, but you know that what they’re doing is harmful.
You may not want to admit that it’s happening, or you may just feel like cutting them out of your life. Relationships with family members can be complicated, and if someone is behaving abusively, that makes things complicated.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.