There is a way out of abusive relationships, and there are many services that can assist you or a friend in making a safe break from an unhealthy relationship:
- If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- To communicate with a trained Peer Advocate 24/7, call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-311-9474 (1-866-331-8453 TTY).
- Contact a local domestic violence agency that can provide you with expert advice, counseling services and the support you need to leave an unhealthy relationship.
Things to do when ending an abusive relationship:
- Develop a safety plan with a domestic violence agency if you fear you will be hurt.
- Share your safety plan with a trusted peer or your parents.
- Break up over the phone or in public.
- Change your route going to school.
- Always have access to a phone or money to make a call in case of an emergency.
- Take threats seriously and notify an adult.
How to help a friend who is in an abusive relationship:
- Don’t judge.
- Keep your friend’s confidence unless you are concerned about her safety.
- Encourage your friend to talk to a trusted adult.
- Help your friend by suggesting a counselor or an advisor you trust.
- Call the police if you witness an assault.
- Let your friend know that violence is never acceptable.