For Teen Dating Abuse

In case of an emergency, call 911.

Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education. Teen dating abuse is any act that causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to a teen by an individual who is in a current or former dating relationship with that teen. Teen dating abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional in nature. While abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse is cause for concern.

1 in 3 teens in the United States is a victim of abuse by a dating partner.

If you or a teen that you know is in an abusive dating relationship, it is important to get help safely. Many teens in abusive dating relationships find the following helpful:

  • Talking with your parent(s), guardian or other trusted adult
  • Knowing important phone numbers to call for help
  • Calling a dating abuse helpline or agency for additional information
  • Receiving additional support from family or friends  

Many adults that know a teen in an abusive dating relationship find the following helpful:

  • Reaching out and talking with the teen you are concerned about, or with someone close to that teen who can be helpful
  • Calling a dating abuse helpline or agency for additional information
  • Reporting your concerns to your local child protective services agency or local law enforcement if you suspect sexual abuse is occurring. You do not have to provide your name or number

For more information on teen dating abuse, click here.
For more information regarding stalking, click here.

The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-8200