Teen Dating Violence: What Parents and Teens Should Know - US News & World Report It's important that teens and parents talk about teen dating violence. But as a parent, would you know if your teen was in an abusive relationship? According to research conducted by Teen Research Unlimited, many parents are unable to detect the signs of dating abuse. In a survey, 82 percent of parents reported feeling confident in their ability to recognize abuse signs, but only 42 percent could accurately identify signs of abuse. With 1 in 3 teens experiencing physical, sexual or emotional dating abuse, it’s important that teens know the characteristics of an abusive relationship and that parents know how to proactively protect their teens.