TOP 5 relationship must haves!
I deserve someone
who is gentle, kind, and shows empathy.
I deserve someone who I can confide in and feel safe with.
I deserve someone who is reliable, committed, and supports me.
I deserve someone who brings out the best in me.
I deserve someone who listens, respects my boundaries, my thoughts, my opinions, my choices, and my body. I have the right to set limits, ask for space, and say no.
What is relationship abuse?
Emotional, physical, digital or sexual abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate or control a dating partner. Most abuse starts out with small signals like jealousy, excessive texting or insisting on spending every moment together. Many teens mistake this for love.
What are the consequences?
Our first love experiences are what we take with us into adulthood. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences on a developing teen. Youth who experience relationship abuse are more likely to:
- Experience higher rates of depression and anxiety
- Engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using drugs and alcohol
- Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying or hitting
- Engage in risky sexual behavior
- Think about suicide
TOP 5 things you can do!
Ask your school
partners, and community organizers to raise awareness.
Talk with your teens. Your family. Your friends. Your neighbors and your schools about healthy relationships.
Join OUR #teachLOVE movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help end relationship abuse in our schools and community.
Contact your school district superintendent to share why you think this issue needs to be a priority.
Support through donations researched-based organizations leading the way to healthy dating.
You are not alone.
It is not your fault.
We can help you get connected
Text “listen” to 741741 to connect 24/7 confidentially to a kind support counselor.
Call 866.331.9474 to speak with a trained LoveisRespect peer advocate for support for yourself or a loved one.
Call 800.799.7233 National Domestic Violence 24/7 hotline to talk to an expert for support for yourself or a loved one.
Call 911 If you are in immediate danger.