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speak to an advocate, please call our 24-hour helpline—1-800-315-5579.

We are here for you—just not, for the time being, face-to-face.

Are you being abused? Teen quiz

Just because you’re young or not married doesn’t mean you’re immune from domestic violence or abuse. Like all abuse, dating abuse is a pattern of hurtful or confusing behavior that someone uses to try to control you – what you do, who you see, what you wear.

And like domestic violence, dating abuse isn’t always physical. It can be verbal, emotional, sexual – or a combination.

Is someone abusing you? Take a look at these questions, and see what you think.

Does your dating partner…

  • Often frighten or confuse you? Make you feel a little crazy?
  • Act jealous when you talk to – or do things with – family or other friends?
  • Call you names or purposely humiliate you in front of others?
  • Try to control almost every thing you do?
  • Repeatedly call or text you – even at work?
  • Say if you’d do this or that, they’d stop the hurtful way they treat you?
  • Threaten to hurt someone you care about – or themselves– if you break up with them?
  • Force you to do sexual things, even if you don’t want to?
  • Hit, slap, push, kick or restrain you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you’re dealing with abuse.

Please call our free, confidential helpline at 1-800-315 5779. We’re here to listen and help you think through your options. We believe you deserve a happy, healthy relationship.