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— February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

If you don’t want to talk to a stranger, find someone you trust, such as a family member, close friend or even a school counselor, and talk to them about your relationship.

It’s easier to avoid dating violence if you know the signs to look for.

The yelling, the threatening text messages, the hitting went on for months. "He slammed me on the ground and was like get in the car," Harris said.

You may not have had too many relationships to compare this one to so the only thing you can rely on are your own feelings and learning to recognise warning signs to protect yourself from violence or abuse in the future.

While 29 percent of heterosexual youth surveyed reported being physically abused by dating partners, for example, 42.8 percent of LGB youth reported the same.

The rates of sexual victimization for LGB respondents was 23.2 percent, nearly double that of heterosexual youth, of whom 12.3 percent reported sexual coercion.

The question is how parents should recognize the signs and not just dismiss it as teen drama.