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Teen dating and domestic violence awareness

A new report shows an unsettling number of Hoosier teens have experienced some form of teen dating violence.

(WTHR) — A new report shows an unsettling number of Hoosier teens have experienced some form of teen dating violence.

And now, there's a renewed push to make sure your kids know the warning signs of an abusive relationship.

Last year, 77 percent of teenagers in Madison County said their boundaries were tested in a relationship. Fifty percent said their boundaries were violated.

It's especially concerning when reports show that nationwide, only about a third of teenagers ever report teen dating violence or abuse.

Some warning signs to watch out for include a boyfriend or girlfriend checking their partner's phone or social media accounts without permission, if a partner shows signs of extreme jealousy and insecurity or if they try to isolate their partner from their friends or family.

If you or someone you know needs a reliable source they could turn to for help, 24 hours a day, click here at loveisrespect.org.

Signs a teen may be in an abusive relationship:

• Afraid of partner or fearful of making partner angry

• Preoccupied with pleasing partner

• Apologizes for partner's behavior

• Gives excuses to questions about their relationship, such as "everything is under control" or "it's not your problem"

More information

The following are resources for those seeking help for teen violence:

• Consult the National Dating Abuse Helpline at (866) 331-9474 (calls are anonymous and available 24 hours) or text "loveis" to 22522.

• Visit loveisrespect.org for an interactive guide to safety planning for high school and college students.

• Additional resources for teens at breakthecycle.org or thatsnotcool.com.

Downloadable apps

• RUSafe – a free assessment app to download that helps people assess if they are in a dangerous relationship.

• Step In. Speak Up – a free app from Ball State University on dating safety.

• Circle of 6 – a free personal safety app providing 24-hour safety hotlines and relationship advice.

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