This is a cause I can really get behind. As a survivor of dating abuse, I know now how much this sort of site could have helped me when I was in the midst of it. Being a teenager is a hard time – you have all those hormones rushing, peer pressure, and you can easily find yourself in a tough spot.
But now there’s help, this site can help educate your teen so that they know what exactly dating abuse is. And while I’m specifically talking about teens, please realize that this kind of abuse can happen to anyone at any age.
What constitutes as abuse? Well check out the Is This Abuse tab. This section covers what is considered abuse. You can also learn about what makes a healthy relationship, and even see if you might be abusing your partner. More importantly, this section provides you with a toll free number to call if you need to talk or you can chat online from 4 pm to 2 am in the morning.
So you’ve figured out you’re in an abusive relationship. What do you do now? Check out the Get Help section. You can learn how to help a friend stuck in a cycle of abuse, how to talk to your teen that might be in a bad relationship, and what actions you can take to break free of the relationship.
Finally, check out their amazing Resource Center. There you’ll find a Teen Dating Awareness Toolkit. Learn more about the Love campaign, and even get Dating Abuse Fast Facts.
In my case, I wish I’d have had access to the help line. I felt like I was all alone, and that there was no one out there who would help me. Things had to get really bad before my instincts said it was time to get out of the relationship. Especially with the mental abuse, you start to believe the things the other person is saying to you. I hate to see that happening to other people, so I’m really happy to see that a site like this exists now.
Remember in all your relationships – love is respect. Pass this one on.