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Teenagers today face a unique set of challenges when it comes to dating. With an increased number of social media platforms, messaging apps, and online interactions, maintaining a healthy relationship while managing one's digital footprint can be a delicate balancing act. As teens engage in romantic relationships, it is even more important to understand the risks associated with being overly digitally available and [...]

How to Intervene When Your Teen is Displaying Violent Behaviors

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Your child displaying or engaging in behavior perceived as aggressive or violent is always hard to navigate as caregivers because it hurts to see someone we love experience such overwhelming emotions. While it can be easy to tie your child’s behavior back to what you did wrong, oftentimes their behavior can stem from other things such as events occurring at school, a bad day [...]

Supporting Healthy Youth Relationships

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

February is Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about the impacts of dating abuse and encourage communities to support teens and young adults in seeking healthy relationships. Though these conversations are important to have year-round, February gives us the opportunity to shine a light on dating abuse and inspire conversations about healthy relationships to stop violence before it starts. [...]

Emotional Abuse: Not All Abuse Leaves Bruises

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

When talking about domestic violence (or intimate partner violence/IPV), many people believe that if physical violence isn’t involved, then it’s not considered abusive. We often hear comments like, “well at least they don’t hit you,” or “they don’t hit me, so it’s not that bad.” Survivors of abuse not only hear others minimize verbal and emotional abuse, but survivors often excuse or dismiss [...]

Forgotten Victims

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships|

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, sexual identity, or socioeconomic background. Historically women have been the most recognized victims or survivors of domestic violence, but approximately 1 in 7 men will experience intimate partner violence in their life compared to 1 in 4 women (www.thehotline.org). Domestic violence is not just physical abuse. It [...]

Staying Safe While Leaving

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BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships, Media|

Summary Eleanor is a 15-year-old girl who recently moved back in with her mother, stepfather Ritchie, and 4 younger siblings after having been kicked out by her stepfather for a year. Her father is distant, emotionally negligent, and unavailable. Her mother is in a domestic violence relationship with Ritchie, which is primarily directed at her mom though also at the children, especially Eleanor. Ritchie [...]

BOOK REVIEW: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships, Media|

Summary After her 18-year-old sister runs away to escape the pressure of living out their parents' visions of her future, 16-year-ols Caitlin begins acting out. Behaving both in ways to fill and reject the expectations left behind by the absence of her sister, she becomes a cheerleader and starts dating a wealthy drug dealing 5th year senior named Rogerson. Well after it is revealed [...]

BOOK REVIEW: Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships, Media|

Summary  Sparrow and Lucas are juniors in high school, best friends, and the lead ballerinas at a youth ballet conservatory. Sparrow experiences a near-death dating violence incident at the hand of a powerful upper-class peer around the same time that Lucas’ father abruptly passes away from cancer. Their friends, family, and community struggle to support these teens as they process these intense traumas. Everyone [...]

BOOK REVIEW: What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

By |Dating & Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships, Media|

Summary  Alyssa Sheinmel Maya goes to the principal at her private school with a black eye and tells her principal that their track star and all-around Good Guy of campus hit her. The news spreads fast across campus as different perspectives are pulled to the readers’ attention. Masterfully touching on a variety of issues including addiction, self, harm, recovering from abuse, [...]

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    Nathan is a graphic designer and digital educator who loves the outdoors, kombucha, and making people happy. He has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University and loves designing logos, print materials, and websites. His true passions exist in nature and spending as much time as he can outside — mostly in his kayak at the river.

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