You can also consider talking with an adult:
  • Write down what you need from the adult, and what you want them to be like. Make sure they have your best interests at heart. It might be a parent, a teacher, a school counselor, a coach or a friend's parent. Chart out all the adults you know, and figure out who is your best ally.
  • If you think your friend is in physical danger, but she doesn't want to seek any help, go ahead and tell an adult you trust yourself.
  • If you are concerned that a friend is being abusive, it can also be helpful to talk to an adult, either with your friend or by yourself if he doesn't admit the problem or refuses to go with you. Go to an adult you trust—one who you think will get your friend the help he needs and stick by you and support you for talking to them.
If you need help or know someone who does, call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE.

Find out more about Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Love Is Not Abuse campaign

How women can stand up against relationship violence
FROM: A Special Report: Tyra Banks and Dating Violence
Published on March 12, 2009


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