Teen dating violence has become a real concern with its own frequently used initials (TDV). February is now Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Teens, young adults, parents, professionals, and anyone concerned about future adult relationships can all benefit from learning about this problem
When parents separate, their lives need more clearly defined boundaries for their sake and for the children. Two of the most important parenting skills are managing one’s own stress and modeling healthy adult relationship communication. Setting boundaries individually and jointly can protect children from situations when they might be exposed to too much of their parent’s distress and also show them that their separated parents can successfully manage their new lives.
For years, there has been a tension between the terms “high conflict families” and “domestic violence” in family courts. Since the 1980s, family law professionals (lawyers, judges, mediators, and therapists) have considered most separating and divorcing families to have two fairly equal contributors to the disputes they bring to court.