Are your children in healthy relationships?

Dr. Emily Gebhardt 
March 6, 2020


With Valentine’s Day just behind us, love is in the air and we want to ensure that our children are in safe, healthy, respectful relationships. Unfortunately, intimate partner violence can go unnoticed by parents and can be confusing to teens. Click here to learn more about signs that your child may be in an unhealthy relationship and what to do about it!


  • Communication is hurtful, demeaning, or threatening. Problems are ignored and not discussed.
  • Distrust: partner does not trust the other, demands to see texts or emails to justify trust
  • Isolation; teen doesn’t spend as much time with friends or family, may need to get permission to do so from his/her partner. Partner may exhibit jealousy when teen spends time with others.
  • Mistreatment: partner does not treat teen with respect, does not care about his/her physical, emotional, or spiritual well being; partner uses threats, intimidation, and/or insults.
  • Denial that abusive actions are abuse: partner will place blame on the teen. The teen can feel like he/she deserved the inappropriate treatment because he/she did something wrong.
  • Inequality: one partner has all the control and power in the relationship, does not ask for input when making decisions
  • Dishonesty: partner/partners lie to each other, friends, family


If you see some troublesome signs, talk to your teen. There are many resources available to help!

  • Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers offers social services and behavioral health services
  • National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • UMOS Latina Resource Center (counseling, information, and support groups in English/Spanish)
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center (shelter 414-933-2722 and legal resources 414-278-5079)


Want to learn more about Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence?

Follow this link.. https://www.thehotline.org/

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