Prevention InitiativeStrategies for Parents and Caregivers

Involved and supportive parents and caregivers can have strong relationships with their children and the most lasting impact on their values and behaviors. Helping to influence positive changes in the perspective of parents and caregivers can encourage them have open conversations with their children – that is prevention.

Facts & Figures

Teens and young adults are faced with many challenges while learning how to navigate complex relationships. Being aware of these issues can help parents know what to look for to prevent long-term problems.

1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

Relationship abuse is not only physical! Among adolescents, abuse can be physical, verbal, sexual, financial, or digital. Stalking also constitutes abuse. Think your teen might be a victim or perpetrator of abuse?

Learn Signs of Healthy & Harmful Relationships

How can we engage parents and caregivers in prevention?

It can be challenging to engage parents and caregivers in prevention, because parenting is a full-time job. In order for prevention strategies to be effective, they must be designed to work with a variety of lifestyles. Some parents and caregivers are able to commit to longer classes or biweekly discussion groups. For others, receiving reminders and talking points via email or text about talking with their kids about healthy relationships is more convenient.

Fortunately, both options are available for local domestic violence programs and parents. PCADV developed Raising Respect, an app for parents and caregivers that provides information on a variety of topics, and offers tips for starting conversations about healthy relationships with their kids.

The following evidence-informed and evidence-based programs are designed to strengthen parenting skills:

Parents in the Know

A child sexual abuse prevention program.

ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

This program teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 10.

Essentials for Parenting

A free online resource designed to help parents of 2–4-year-olds address common challenges.

Get free help communicating more effectively with your teens

Download the Raising Respect App