Don’t ask blaming questions like “what did you do to provoke him? ” Don’t assume you know what is best for you friend.
Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back.
They need your support regardless of their decision. Things You Can Do Do Create Change Start a peer education group about violence in relationships.
Make posters or hold events during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February.
Plan and rehearse what you would do if your partner confronted you or become abusive: HAVE A SAFETY PLAN!
How to help a friend who may be in an abusive relationship: Talk to your friend and be non-judgemental when talking about the abuse. Let them know that violence under any circumstance is not okay. They may not be able to see their abilities because of the abuse.
Teen dating violence is similar to and can be as lethal as adult relationship violence.