First and foremost if you are not already, become a Trusted Adult.
As a Trusted Adult: Trust your instincts!
Get in the here and now with the teen and help them understand what’s next!
Get in the habit of asking them “What’s Next?” when they have made a decision. This may help them train their brain, to ask themselves, “What’s Next?”
Talk with victim and abuser separately. If you speak with them together chances are the victim will feel intimidated by the abusers presence and/or feel a loyalty towards them and defend them.
Work with the teen towards a solution.
Let them know they have the Power to help indirectly by:
The most dangerous time for a victim in an abusive relationship is when they are ending that relationship
Takes a victim an average of 7-9 times to leave an abusive relationship
It takes an average of 2 years for an abuser to leave a victim alone
81% of adults don’t realize Teen Dating Violence is an issue
According to the American Psychological Association 2013 Adolescent Dating Violence study
41% of Females and 37% Males report being a victim of dating violence.
35% of Females and 29% Males report being a perpetrator
29% of Females and 24% Males report being both a victim and perpetrator