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Safety Tips

These safety tips are for all persons involved in relationships, and are helpful for adolescents as well as adults.

If you are the victim of relationship abuse, don't blame yourself but do seek help:

  • If you are in immediate danger, contact 9-1-1 for help.
  • Talk with people you trust and seek services. Contact your local domestic violence shelter or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 TDD or www.ndvh.org . You can also contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), National Sexual Violence Resource Center www.nsvrc.org , National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center www.safeyouth.org or Love Is Not Abuse www.loveisnotabuse.com for helpful information and advice.
  • If you are or think you may become violent with the person you are dating, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 (TDD), www.ndvh.org or the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
  • Recognize early warning signs of potential physical violence, like extreme jealousy, controlling behavior, or verbal threats.
  • Know what services are available for people involved in violent relationships in your community.
  • Keep a list of these services on hand in case you or a friend ever needs help.
  • Learn as much as you can about dating abuse. Information is available in libraries, from local and national domestic violence organizations and on the Internet.

The more you know about dating abuse, the easier it will be to recognize it and help yourself or friends who may be victims or abusers.

For more information about CDC's work in injury and violence prevention, go to www.cdc.gov/injury .