ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year, that's according to the Center for Disease Control.
As teens begin to prepare for prom and formal dance this spring, health providers are trying to equipped parents with warning signs.
Experts recommend talking with your teen about boundaries.
Families should discuss what is and is not acceptable in relationships like name calling, extreme jealousy, and physical abuse.
"You might want to help your teen if they are entering a relationship is why?" said Ashely Hash, of Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach. "And reminding teens that it's ok to be single if that's what they choose. I'd be better to wait and hold back before and be sure that they are ready; instead of entering in because society is telling them to."
Experts also say don't forget to include the impact of social media and technology in that discussion.