(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"
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.
• 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.