If your date or boyfriend has fits of violent behavior, has ever hit you, beaten you, or shamed and belittled you so you felt worthless and depressed, call one of the following numbers.
Everyone deserves to be in a healthy and safe relationship.
Often, verbal and emotional abuse erodes girls’ self-esteem, making it more difficult to summon the courage to tell someone about the abuse, let alone end the relationship.
We consulted with girls around the world to better understand their personal obstacles.
At loveisrespect, we talk a lot about how to support someone you care about if they are being abused.
But what if the person you care about is the one who is being abusive toward their partner? This can be such a difficult situation to deal with.
Call the hotlines below for help if you have been hurt by someone you know or have been attacked by a stranger.
You will not have to pay for the call, and you can ask to have your information kept confidential.
If you or someone you’re with is hurt or in danger, get away and get help from a friend or neighbor. It is very common to have mixed feelings about someone who is violent towards you.
If you, a family member or a friend has been beaten up or sexually abused, or if your own behavior is out of control or violent, it is time to seek help.
They may throw things, punch the wall, or hit somebody. Remember: abusive relationships tend to get worse, not better.
Resist the temptation to give the abusive person “one more chance.” If you have been raped, call one of the Rape Hotlines.
Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk.