Teenage dating abuse hotline

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The relationships you have in your youth help form the foundations for relationships later in life.

It is important to understand what makes a relationship healthy, unhealthy, abusive or somewhere in between.

This can make it hard to realize that you really are being abused.

If you think you are in an abusive relationship, see “What to Do if You Are Being Abused,” below. Seek help, because without help, dating violence will escalate.

It may include physical violence, emotional or verbal abuse, sexual abuse (including being pressured or forced to have sex), or stalking.

It often starts with teasing or name-calling, and can escalate over time to physical assault and rape. Part of what makes dating violence so painful and hard to understand is that there is love mixed with the abuse.

The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact.

The tip sheet helps teens assess the health of their relationships, encourages teens to seek help, and provides resource information.

Teen Power and Control Wheel Love is respect - National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline's interactive Teen Power and Control Wheel.

Each spoke of the wheel addresses a different tactic abusers employ in order to control a partner.

By clicking on each spoke of the wheel you can view the video diary of a scenario that corresponds with that description. " is a video created by the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Colorado Youth Advisory Council, in partnership with the KP Colorado Educational Theatre Programs and IPV Teen Task Force.

Visit the links below to learn all about dating and relationships and access support.

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