3 in 4 teens report that if they were in an abusive relationship and needed support they would tell their friends first. Would you know what to say?
Talking with friends about dating abuse can be difficult. Here are a few steps you can follow:
Educate yourself about dating abuse and resources to support friends in abusive relationships.
Talk to your friends about the behaviors you’ve seen and heard that worry you. Help your friend talk through
any decisions about leaving or staying in the relationship and safety planning.
Listen with an open mind. Your friend may just want someone to talk to about their situation. Respect their boundaries and how much or little they want to share.
Be there to give support. It can be hard to know what to do in an abusive relationship. Let your friend know you’ll be there for them, any time they need help.