Laws on teen dating

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“If you’re a parent, you want to know if your child is in danger, but on other hand, teens want the anonymity, to not have to tell their parents,” she said.“It’s very complicated, trying to find a balance between a victim’s rights and parents’ right to know.” Kristina Korobov, an attorney with National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, said it’s sometimes crucial for teens to be able to seek protective orders on their own.They may have strained relations with their parents or come from a home where domestic violence already is occurring.

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In partnership with the Washington State Medical Association, the Attorney General's Office has incorporated highlights from this website into a brochure.

At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.

The Washington State Attorney General's office already has a number of resources available to help, including: Schools, parents, teachers, and community organizations all can help identify dating violence and provide support for abuse victims.

When the abuse is physical or sexual, it can be easy to identify.

Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.

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