Love should not hurt. A healthy relationship includes support, feeling safe, the ability to share your feelings without judgement and ridicule, and respect. Teenagers should know the signs of abuse before it happens. A symbol of teen dating violence is orange, that represents solidarity with young people alongside supporting healthy relationships. Make sure to help a friend by not blaming them, listening to them, going with them to get help, and talking with a trusted adult to get help.

have a safety plan

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  • Turn the location off of your cell phone
  • Let someone that you trust know your whereabouts
  • Avoid going to isolated locations
  • Alert dorm security if available
  • Avoid locations where the abuser, their family and friends go to
  • Look into creating a protective order
  • Take self-defense classes
  • Call 911 when necessary

what you should know

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red flags

  • Excessive jealousy or insecurities
  • Invasion of your privacy
  • Calling or texting non-stop
  • Unusual moodiness
  • Pressuring a partner into unwanted sexual activity
  • Blaming you for problems
  • Controls where you go and who you see
  • Explosive temper
  • Preventing you from going out
  • Constantly monitering your whereabouts
  • Falsely accusing you of things
  • Vandalizing your personal property
  • Taunting or bullying
  • Threatening or causing physical violence


  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students experience dating violence
  • Only 33% of teens tell of the abuse they receive.
  • 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue
  • Young people aged 12 to 19 experience the highest rates - of rape and sexual assault.
  • Teenagers age 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking.
  • Approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the U.S is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.