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They’re the frontline in domestic violence prevention, but new research reveals the major mistakes Australian parents are making when talking to their kids about healthy relationships.

When it comes to discussing consent and identifying controlling behaviour in relationships, parents are talking to their teenage kids about the issues more, but they’re not always saying the right things.

A new study commissioned by The Line, the youth arm of violence-prevention organisation Our Watch, has revealed evidence of alarming attitudes of parents of 12- to 20-year-olds.

Close to a third (29 per cent) of parents said they weren’t confident discussing the acceptability and the impact of saying disrespectful or hurtful things about girls.

– Liz Burke

Read more: Talking consent: Where we’re going wrong with our boys