Dating abuse (also known as dating violence, intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.
Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170 different languages.A friend who is being abused needs you to listen and support without judging. Your friend also needs your encouragement to get help immediately from an adult, such as a parent, family member, or health professional.If you think you're in an abusive relationship, it's time to get out of it.Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, help is available. Our trained peer advocates are available 24/7/365 to offer education, support and advocacy to teens and young adults, as well as their concerned friends and family members, who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.