Violence means using force to hurt or control someone or break or damage something. Some people get very angry and lose control. They may throw things, punch a wall or hit somebody. They may even be sorry afterwards. If you, a family member or a friend has been slapped, hit or pushed, or your behavior is out of control or violent, it is time to seek help. No one deserves to be hurt! There are times that abuse is not physical but emotional. In these situations, someone may be threatening you verbally or treating you in a way that makes you feel fearful for your safety or believe you will be hurt.
If you, or someone you're with, is hurt or in danger, get away and get help from a friend or neighbor. Call 911 for police assistance.
If there is no emergency but you are afraid of being hurt physically or emotionally by a friend of family member, talk about it with someone who will listen and believe you, or call one of the numbers listed. It is common to have mixed feelings about someone who id violent towards you. It is important to tell someone and not keep secrets even if the person promises not to do it again. People who abuse or hurt others need to get help. By telling someone, you begin to take control of the situation and begin to help yourself.
You may have heard a lot about or know someone involved in domestic violence (family or household violence) and think this occurs only between married people or adults who are living together, but some teens are also involved in abusive dating relationships. These relationships can be very difficult to end. Talk to a family member or someone you respect, or seek counseling.
You may be in an abusive relationship if you:
If there are times when you feel as if you're losing control, you can learn other ways to deal with stress, tension and anger. More information on counseling is available.
The following organizations will provide information and/or assistance (click on the agency's name for more information):