Seek out the advice of a counselor or your local domestic violence organization.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline will be able to refer you to your local organization.
Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world.
In a romantic or dating situation, there is a time when the relationship is just beginning.
If you (or someone you care about) is in an unhealthy relationship or is a victim of dating violence, know that you are not alone. Love is Respect (originally the National Dating Abuse Helpline) engages and empowers young people to end abusive relationships.
Remember that you cannot change your batterer, and in time, the violence will get worse, sometimes lethal. Talk to an adult you can trust, locate a shelter or agency serving victims of intimate partner violence/domestic abuse in your community, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233). Or you can text “loveis” to 77054 (standard text rates apply).
Breakup violence among teens is a crime that has no zip code. A relationship ends and what happens is an emotional surge of uncontrollable anger.
It can be verbal or physical and sometimes, as in the case of Wayland, Mass., teen Lauren Astley, it can end in death. Researchers estimate that one in three young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 has experienced some form of dating violence.
This cycle can take place in just minutes, particularly if the abuse has been going on for some time.