One in three teenagers experiences abuse in a dating relationship. Abuse hurts and can have a negative impact on a teen’s well-being, health and safety. In dating abuse, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through physical, emotional and other forms of abuse. If you can answer “Yes” to any of the questions below, please call or text Safe+Sound’s 24-hour confidential hotline at 866-685-1122 immediately and know that it is not your fault.
Do You Feel:
- Nervous or afraid around your boyfriend or girlfriend?
- Alone, isolated from friends and family?
- Pressure to say yes to sex?
- Harassed on social media by your partner?
- Constantly questioned about what you do, how you dress or who you are with?
- Afraid to end the relationship because your partner has threatened to hurt you or others, or commit suicide?
Safe & Healthy Dating Relationships
Setting boundaries is an important part of any relationship. Both partners should know and respect each other’s wants and limitations. You should feel comfortable communicating your needs and concerns to your partner without ever feeling afraid. If your partner disregards your feelings, then you are not receiving the respect you deserve.
Our Teen Safety Planning brochure can help you recognize unhealthy behaviors in your relationship.
Remember to trust your instincts and listen to your gut. If you’re in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, stay calm and remove yourself from the situation. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.