What Parents Need to Know About Dating Violence
by Barrie Levy and Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggam (Seal Press)

The essential book for parents who are concerned that their daughters or sons may be involved in abusive dating relationships. Parenting a teenager is never easy. The synapses in the frontal cortex-the part of the brain used to manage emotions, make decisions, reason, and control inhibitions-of a teenagers brain quite literally separate and reform during teenage years, so they understandably the struggle with emotions and rational decisions. Buying alcohol using evolved fake ids, taking drugs, and getting into trouble is all to be expected at time. But what about when violent behaviour starts? This is a worry, especially when it occurs in a relationship. This book is compassionate, insightful, and highly practical, written by people who grasp the wide range of anxieties and challenges that parents face.

In Love and Danger – A Teen’s Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships
by Barrie Levy (Seal Press)

A guide for the teenager herself in responding to an abusive or controlling partner, written in just the right tone and language to reach adolescents – an excellent book. It’s out of print, so look for it used or at the library, or try to find it online.

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