A friend who is being abused needs you to listen and support without judging. Your friend also needs your encouragement to get help immediately from an adult, such as a parent, family member, or health professional.
If you think you're in an abusive relationship, it's time to get out of it.
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Abuse can happen in both dating relationships and friendships. Sometimes people mistake intense jealousy and possessiveness as a sign of intense feelings of love. Threats, intimidation, putdowns, controlling behavior, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional abuse that can really hurt — not just during the time it's happening, but long after too. It's never right to be forced into any type of sexual experience that you don't want.
The first step in getting out of an abusive relationship is to realize that you have the right to be treated with respect and not be physically or emotionally harmed by another person. ." is a warning of possible abuse, and a sign that your partner is trying to manipulate you.
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, help is available.
Our trained peer advocates are available 24/7/365 to offer education, support and advocacy to teens and young adults, as well as their concerned friends and family members, who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.
We also provide information about dating abuse to service providers, counselors, teachers and members of law enforcement.