Red Flags That Your Childs Being Bullied.

Bullying is a much more serious problem than ever before. Your child may have a bully without you even knowing about it. Many children won’t want to talk about it for fear of even worse retaliation. Also, it’s an embarrassing topic. There are signs you can look for, though.

Counselors provide several red flags to look out for if you suspect your kid is a victim of bullying.



Every kid gets injured. It’s a part of growing up. Children might get hurt from playing sports, playing with friends, or learning some valuable life lessons. However, you should keep your eyes open if you notice that your child seems to come home with physical injuries or ripped clothing more often than usual.

If you do notice injuries, ask your child what happened in a non-confrontational way. You should also keep your eye open for your kid, trying to cover up their bruises. You might notice them wearing long sleeves in summer or refusing to wear clothes that show off their body when they usually would wear those clothes.

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CONROE, TX – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit completed a Human Trafficking and “Buyers of Illicit Sex” operation in the central Montgomery County area
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Dating Violence and Adolescents

Some adolescents get involved in unhealthy dating relationships. About one in ten adolescents have been hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon on purpose by someone they were dating.Controlling and demanding behaviors often happen before violence occurs. For example, one partner may tell another what to wear and with whom to spend time.2Over time, controlling and demanding behavior may become increasingly violent, and that violence can have negative effects on physical and mental health throughout life (including depression, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts).3, 4, 5Adults can help by paying attention and talking to adolescents about how to build healthy, respectful relationships.6

Source: Dating Violence and Adolescents

Information for Teens and Young Adults: What are warning signs of abuse in teenage and young adult relationships? |

Many people of all ages don’t recognize that they are in an abusive relationship. We have a checklist of abusive behavior for people of all ages on our Signs of Abuse page. Below are some warning signs of teen and young adult dating violence specifically. Does your partner:
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Why Are Activists Fighting to End Sexual and Domestic Violence are Calling for Gun Control

I was looking for an article to post that dealt with violence against youth and young adults dating, and I came upon this article that I thought was quite interesting. According to the member organizations of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence—which represent thousands of programs and advocates serving victims and working to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking across the country—mourn the tragic loss of life this past weekend in the latest horrific mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

We call on all policy makers to condemn the bigotry and hateful rhetoric that is fueling increased violence. We also call on policy makers to enact common-sense laws to curb gun violence and help prevent countless murders and the severe harm inflicted on individuals, families and communities.

The work of ending domestic and sexual violence is, at its core, an effort to end the harm caused when one person exerts dominance over someone else through tactics of abuse and control, which often results in violence. With each incident of mass violence, it becomes more evident that gender-based violence, abuse, oppression and bigotry are inextricably tied. Efforts to prevent these heinous acts require a larger societal commitment to end abuse and oppression in all its forms, particularly at the intersections.

The quest to end domestic and sexual violence must align with the quest to end racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, religious bigotry toward Jewish and Muslim communities and other forms of oppression toward marginalized communities—including immigrant and Native American communities.


Steps for Helping Foster Children Resolve Conflict | YMCA of Greater Seattle

Conflict resolution isn’t easy – for children or adults. It doesn’t come naturally, either, and people typically need to be taught how to effectively resolve conflict. By teaching foster children methods for conflict resolution, you can instill positive emotional intelligence skills they’ll carry into their adult life. Practicing conflict resolution teaches kids how to listen to others, communicate, and think creatively to find solutions. It also helps them process and express their feelings and confidently state their needs, which are valuable for foster children’s mental health.  

It can be tempting to resolve the conflict for them, especially when you’re busy. But if you’re able to practice conflict resolution with them whenever possible, it will benefit them now and in the long-term. The next time they fight with a sibling or friend, go through the following steps with each child involved to help them practice and learn conflict resolution. 
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