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If you have a friend who is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, but aren't sure how to talk to them, check out our "What do I say…" handout for some tips.
Remember that your safety and the safety of your friend or loved one is of the highest importance.
We encourage you to talk to a trusted adult if you have safety concerns Teens have access to restraining orders if they feel unsafe in their relationships, even if they go to school with their abusive partner.
If you are age 13 or older, you have the right to file a restraining order without parental consent.
Although it can be difficult, it is vitally important to talk to teens about relationships.
It can be as simple as asking them what they are looking for in a relationship, telling them that they deserve to be treated with respect, or reminding them that you are there to listen if they ever need to talk.
Relationships play a huge part in our daily lives, and people describe relationships in many different ways.
Maybe you and your friends call it “dating,” “going out,” “hooking up,” or “seeing each other”?
You can also download the "Jealousy Ain't Love" booklet, and look through it on your own and/or with your teen(s).
The abusive partner may use a combination of behaviors, such as verbal abuse and emotional abuse, or physical and sexual abuse.
Verbal and emotional abuse can happen in person, online, or through text messages.
You do not have to break up with your partner to create a safety plan, and we will never pressure you to do something you are not ready to do. Sometimes it can be easy to frame intimate partner violence as an "adult" problem.
In reality, teens and young adults are at the highest risk for experiencing abuse in their relationships.
Verbal and emotional abuse can be much harder to recognize than physical or sexual assault, but they are no less damaging.