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Feel helpless to stop the abuse. Avoid any confrontations with the abuser. Feel threatened or humiliated.

The fine print Overtly violent, sexual, or offensive language will disqualify the entry. Don't keep your concerns to yourself. You can ask people if they are mandated reporters and then decide what you want to do.

If you think you are in an abusive relationship, get help immediately. Part of our Teen Tools series, the Bulletins for Teens explain how to recognize a crime, what emotions to expect, and how to receive or give help. Have money available for transportation if you need to take a taxi, bus, or subway to escape.

Educate yourself about dating violence and healthy relationships. Tell the person that you are worried. Domestic abuse Domestic violence Teen dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. This means thinking about what to do, where to go for help, and who to call ahead of time. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.

Forcing you to have sex Not letting you use birth control Forcing you to do other sexual things Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. Building a Youth-led Response to Teen Victimization for the complete Teen Tools series and practical guidance on how to create outreach projects involving youth.

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Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen. Feel angry, sad, lonely, depressed, or confused. When you go out, say where you are going and when you'll be back. If you want help deciding whom to talk to, call a crisis line in your area.

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Let friends or family know when you are afraid or need help. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults, and the media.

If you choose to tell, you should know that some adults are mandated reporters. In an emergency, call or your local police department. Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.