National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims.
The Date Safe Project is committed to being the nation’s leading organization for teaching how “asking first” makes all the difference in creating safer intimacy and in decreasing occurrences of sexual assault.
SUPPORT HER RIGHT TO MAKE HER OWN DECISIONS: Sometimes we think we know what is best.
It is important to understand what kinds of things you can do and say to help a friend or family member who is dealing with this type of pain and suffering. DO NOT JUDGE: Be careful not to make judgments about the situation she is in or the decisions she has made or appeared to make.
UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE IS SAYING: Devote your efforts to understanding the thoughts, feelings and experiences she has chosen to share with you - not to finding out things you want to know.
Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.