Teen Dating Violence  |  Healthy Relationships  |  How to Help or Get Help  |  Raising Awareness

What to do if YOU are being hurt…

Remember that you are not alone
and the abuse is not your fault.

  • Talk with someone you trust
  • Receive positive support
  • Think independently. Remember that you are the expert about your own life. Don’t let anyone talk you into doing something that’s not right for you.
  • Make a safety Plan

What to do if a friend is being hurt…

  • Ask your friend how she / he feels and let your friend know that you are concerned.
  • Offer your friendship and support
  • Listen and believe
  • Do not judge or rush them into a decision they are not ready to make
  • Offer to find resources or information for your friend
  • Encourage your friend to tell someone they trust

What to do if you are the one who is doing the hurting…

  • Know that there are people and organizations that are equipped to help you
  • Talk with someone you trust or respect
  • Understand that abuse is a choice
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Walk away before it escalates

Staying Safe…

Are you or were you in a relationship that was hurtful?

Here is an interactive safety plan from Loveisrespect.org that can help you to stay safe.

Interactive Safety Planner – Click Here