The following resources may be useful in helping adolescents and their parents to understand intimate partner violence and to discuss their experiences with and concerns about IPV:
Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention is a free, online, 60-minute, interactive training designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations, and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.
The Power and Control Wheel is a helpful tool to teach teens and to encourage discussion about dating violence and abuse. Each part of the wheel links to a video focusing on a topic such as peer pressure, intimidation, threats, isolation/exclusion and sexual coercion (National Dating Abuse Hotline; loveisrespect.org). This website also contains a great deal of information designed for a teen audience as well as links to many other resources and sites.
The That’s Not Cool website may be especially useful for younger adolescents or for teens who do not have a lot of dating experience. This website contains many interactive tools to help teens learn to help themselves and each other when they find themselves in situations of “textual harassment.” It also includes information on what to do if they or their friends are being abused.
The free “Love is Not Abuse” iPhone App provides parents (as well as teens) with a “real life” demonstration of what abuse looks like when digital technology is used to intimidate, harass or stalk. The app is available free of charge in the iTunes App Store under “Love Is Not Abuse.”
The Red Flag Campaign focuses on promoting awareness of and preventing dating violence on college campuses. The website provides helpful information for older adolescents and young adults. It is aimed at potential victims of IPV as well as their friends/peer group, encouraging them to speak up and take action if they observe any of the identified “red flags” of dating violence. The Red Flag Campaign materials reflect racial and ethnic diversity and also address same-sex relationships. This website provides excellent information on what to do if you think a friend is being abused in a relationship and on how to recognize the red flags that might signal an abusive relationship.
Show Me Love DC provides information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth who may be experiencing relationship violence and abuse. As stated in their website, “LGBTQ youth are at a higher risk of dating violence than their straight peers,” but “only one in five LGBTQ victims of intimate partner violence or sexual assault get help from service providers.”