Dating and relationship violence

Another type of violence that I think is important to talk about is dating violence, which is sometimes called relationship or domestic violence.  No matter what you call it, violence in any relationship is not okay. 

Don’t get me wrong, couples do argue sometimes (if you don’t believe me ask Kim and Josh), but if your boyfriend or girlfriend is doing anything to make you feel afraid, threatened or controlled, you may be in an abusive relationship. 

If you think you might be experiencing violence in a relationship, or if you are worried about a friend, help is available. Talk to someone who can help you find the support you need. An expert on teen dating violence can help you (or a friend) understand the options that are available for teens faced with a controlling or abusive relationship.

You can also get expert help by contacting the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at (866) 331-9474 or TTY (866) 331-8453. Their website is called Love is Respect and has a lot of information and referrals about sexual assault.

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