Teens and Dating Abuse

Teens share their experience with dating abuse. Look out for warning signs and seek help if you or someone you know is currently involved in an abusive relationship.

Could your teen be in an abusive relationship? We look at the warning signs that may be symptomatic of controlling or aggressive behaviour and the ways in which you can support your teen and help them to stay safe.



  • Dear teenage girl,

    When you start to become interested in teenage boys, and when they become interested in you, it is important that you be aware of some important facts about them. I hope this letter will help to protect your fragile heart, emotions, and body from getting hurt or being used. It takes a lot of effort, courage, and perhaps even pain, to go against the hyper-sexualized and immoral secular culture of our time, and so much is at stake. It can mean the difference between a life of joy and a life of misery. …

    • Hey Eric,

      Thanks for writing. I’m the marketing staff, yet wanted to reach out. If you’re a teen (13-19) – you can search our message boards. If you’d like more support, you can call, text, or email from 6pm-10pm Pacific Time here http://teenlineonline.org/get-help/ Our teens will listen without judgement, nor will they give advice. Instead, they listen to what you have to say and link you with any support that is appropriate to your unique situation. No problem is too big or too small for them, so feel free to reach out.

      Good luck and thanks for writing, Eric!

  • Very helpful and Great information,
    we appreciate advise especially coming from a professional.
    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  • hi i am in germany and i have a lot of proplems dealing with my colleages and professors ,maybe they are racist but take me as no important and will be mean to answer my questions, and reply my emails with delay or dont answer

      • Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry that you are having this experience. It seems very difficult. It’s awful to feel unimportant. Have you tried talking to any of these people about your feelings? Sometimes people don’t realize how their actions or words can hurt others. If you aren’t able to talk to them, hopefully you can spend more time with people who treat you well. I also encourage you to check out our message boards where you can connect with others as it’s probably too hard for you to call us from Germany.
        Teen Line staff

  • So 14 and I’ve been dating this guy for less than a month (he’s lost his virginity) and today he got dared to ask me if we wanted to have sex but I think he is serious and I don’t know what to do

    • Hi Alexa,
      Thanks for reaching out. If you don’t feel ready or comfortable having sex with him, it’s not okay for him to have sex with you. Hopefully you can talk to him and let him know how you feel. Having sex for the first time is a big decision, and it should be because you want to, not because he or his friends want you to. It’s important also to think about things like pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, so I would encourage you to go to Planned Parenthood (planned parenthood.org) if you are thinking of having sex with him.

      I really encourage you to call our teens to talk more about this. They are here every night from 6PM-10 PM CA time at 310-855-4673 or you can text “teen” to 839863.

      Teen Line staff

  • I’m homeschooled, and lately it’s been really really difficult. I’m in 8th grade, and my mom is my teacher. I’ve been not doing so well, and I know I’m smart but my mom says I’m dumb and not trying and she takes away TV and gaming time, so basically I get up, eat, get dressed, brush, and do schoolwork. I do the same thing at night. I don’t have any friends, because there’s a big difference btwn seeing someone every day and seeing them Monday and Wednesday for the month of September for tennis class. HELP me I’m thinking about suicide.

    • Hi Avery,
      I’m so glad you reached out. I am very concerned about you. It does sound like you are very isolated and I can totally understand that being hard.
      Can you talk to your mom about how you feel? Or is going to school an option?
      If you are still feeling suicidal, plz call the 24/7 suicide prevention line at 800-273-8255 or our teens any night between 6-10 pm ca time at 310-855-4673 or you can txt “teen” to 839863.
      You also might want to think about joining our message boards on our website. There are teens on there from all around the world to connect to. teenlineonline.org/boards

      Plz keep reaching out. You are worth it.

      Teen line staff

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