They can also seek confidential counsel and advice from professionally trained adults and peers.
Resources for teens involved in abusive relationships include the following: The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.
It is important for victims/survivors of abuse to find local resources like Caring Unlimited and to have trusted friends or family members who can keep their confidentiality and give them nonjudgmental support.
When a victim of abuse is thinking about leaving their abusive relationship, it is best to ask for help.
Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence – almost the national average.In a 2011 national study of over 15,000 high school students, 9.4% self-reported they had been physically harmed by their partner and 8% of students had been forced to have sex in the previous 12 months Teens frequently communicate with one another through cell phones, email, and social media sites.Since technology provides quick, constant access to people, it is often used as a tool for abuse and a means to establish power and control that is easier to hide than physical violence and verbal assaults.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) Established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act passed by Congress, the Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information, and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends, and families.The Hotline is a resource for domestic violence advocates, government officials, law enforcement agencies, and the general public. Advocates receive approximately 21,000 calls each month.(pdf) Teen dating violence can include multiple forms of abuse including unwanted physical contact, sexual abuse, and/or psychological manipulation.