Teen Dating Violence
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One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, choked or physically hurt by their partner. Like millions of adults, teens are often the victim of dating violence.

Teen Dating Violence describes actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, psychological, and verbal harm, including stalking and economic coercion by a current or former partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone wanting a romantic relationship.

SafePlace's Expect Respect Program engages youth and adults in building healthy teen relationships and preventing dating and sexual violence. Serving Austin schools since 1988, Expect Respect provides school-based support groups and counseling, youth leadership activities, and educational programs in schools and community settings.

Start Strong, a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides information for parents in English and Spanish.

If at any time you feel that you or your child are in immediate danger, call 911.


Below are hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

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