You do not deserve to feel disrespected or unsafe in your relationships.
If you have a friend who is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, but aren't sure how to talk to them, check out our "What do I say…" handout for some tips.
Remember that your safety and the safety of your friend or loved one is of the highest importance.
We encourage you to talk to a trusted adult if you have safety concerns Teens have access to restraining orders if they feel unsafe in their relationships, even if they go to school with their abusive partner.
Relationships play a huge part in our daily lives, and people describe relationships in many different ways.
Maybe you and your friends call it "dating," "going out," "hooking up," or "seeing each other"?
Regardless of how you describe it, Catalyst can give you tools and support to help you recognize what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, because everyone deserves to be treated with equality and respect.
Teen Dating Abuse can be defined as: A pattern of abusive behaviors that are used to gain power and control over a current or former dating partner.
The abusive partner may use a combination of behaviors, such as verbal abuse and emotional abuse, or physical and sexual abuse.
Verbal and emotional abuse can happen in person, online, or through text messages.
Verbal and emotional abuse can be much harder to recognize than physical or sexual assault, but they are no less damaging.
In fact, abusive relationships often start as emotionally or verbally abusive and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence.