As a person who works with adolescents, you are in a unique position to reach out and help someone in an abusive situation. It is important that you provide consistent messaging to the adolescent that abuse and violence are not okay and should not ever be tolerated. As a provider, there are some key things to remember that you want to do to help an adolescent in this kind of situation:
- Talk directly with the adolescent to ensure they are safe in the immediate future and help them develop a solid safety plan to put into action.
- Help the adolescent talk with their parents to further strengthen this support system. It is important that parents and other appropriate family members are involved to keep the adolescent safe.
- Identify local resources that may provide additional support to the adolescent. Some examples of resources are a local health care facility, a center for abused women, or a school counselor.
- Know the law. As a provider, you should know the applicable laws in your area to determine if a report to local law enforcement should be made right away.
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