The Be Project: Empowering Youth to be part of the solution to end relationship violence

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Protecting Yourself and Your Friends from Teen Dating Violence

What is teen dating violence?

• Teen dating violence occurs when a person in a relationship repeatedly threatens to cause or actually causes verbal, physical, or sexual abuse against their boyfriend or girlfriend.

• Teen dating violence is not the same as getting angry or having fights, which can be normal in dating relationships. 

• In a violent relationship, one person is afraid of and intimidated by the other.

Need help with Safety Planning? Check out the information available on our Getting Help Page.


FACT: 1 out of 3 students will experience abuse before they graduate high school. Avoid verbal, physical, and sexual abuse by learning the signs of dating violence and taking steps to protect yourself from abusive relationships.


FACT: Women age 16-24 experience the highest rates of relationship violence.

Which behaviors are considered abusive?

There are 4 main types of abuse. Read more here


Is my friend's relationship abusive?

Here are some Warning Signs that you can look out for.


Well, what can I do to help?

Whether it is a friend or even you there is help available to you. No one deserves to be abused and everyone deserves to Be Safe

Here you will find some things you can do to help yourself or someone else.