Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: When "Love" Kills


In re-reading Dr. Murray's list I can see that one of my earliest relationships was emotionally (though not physically) abusive. I was fortunate to emerge from that relationship and realize I needed therapy so I could make healthier choices. Anna Marie never got that chance.

For further information I've written a second post chronicling the drastic measures two parents took to save their daughter from an abusive boyfriend.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. If you are a teen in an abusive relationship or you suspect your child is in an abusive relationship there are several resources. You can call or email:

Love Is Respect


The Hotline: Teen and Dating Abuse

This is not a sponsored post. I highly recommend Dr. Jill Murray's book because I think it's an excellent resource for parents and teens. I think it's a good book for young girls to read even BEFORE they start dating. It's good for them to be able to discern the warning signs and red flags of an abuser before becoming too enmeshed.

Finally, to both parents and teens, remember that you're not alone and there is help.


Shannon Bradley-Colleary


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