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Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. .~ NRCVD

Dating abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, race, economic status, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, etc. However, for tweens and teens, it is vitally important that parents/caregivers have conversations around what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what to do if they find themselves or a friend in an unhealthy relationship. Below are some resources that can help start the conversation.

NC Resources

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV)

NCCADV leads the state’s movement to end domestic violence and to enhance work with survivors through collaborations, innovative trainings, prevention, technical assistance, state policy development and legal advocacy. Find listings of all domestic violence agencies in North Carolina under NC Domestic Violence Service Providers.

National Resources


Loveisrespect advocates are trained on issues related to dating abuse and healthy relationships, as well as crisis intervention. This means that when you contact a loveisrespect advocate, they will listen to your situation, assess how you’re feeling in the moment, and help you figure out the next best steps for you. You might brainstorm a safety plan together, or the advocate may be able to find some local resources for you, whether it’s a counselor, support group, legal service or whatever you might need.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

The Hotline is the only 24/7 center in the nation that has access to service providers and shelters across the U.S. Today, The Hotline continues to grow and explore new avenues of service.

Teen Health

This website discusses what abuse is, the red flags or signs of abuse, what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and provides resources for help.

National Centers for Victims of Crime

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by members, individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants, NCVC can help find local victim services counselors for young people in trouble. NCVC is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Since its inception in 1985, NCVC has worked with grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies throughout the United States serving millions of crime victims.

Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people in building a culture of healthy relationships. We’re guided by our Let’s Be Real movement enthusiastic, committed young people located nationally taking action to ending dating abuse.

My Plan App

The My Plan App helps women and their friends to determine if a relationship is unsafe and create an action plan to leave safely.


Other Resources

How to Identify and Intervene in Teen Dating Violence~ Online Counseling Programs

“A Parent’s Handbook: How to Talk to Youth about Healthy Relationships” ~Break the Cycle