“My friend’s boyfriend cheats on her. He threatened to punch her and he’s strangled her. Please help!” – 15-year-old
Teen dating violence – including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse – is a cruel reality for many teenagers. Victims of dating violence may experience these forms of abuse:
I am being abused. How can I get help?
The first step is to leave. It can be scary, but know that you are not alone and there is help. If you are scared of getting hurt when trying to end a relationship, don’t go anywhere with them. If you are scared for your life, call the police.
Once you have left, it’s best to stay occupied and surround yourself with people you trust. If you feel comfortable, tell your parents what’s going on. They may understand and be able to help more than you think. Also, you can take advantage of resources in your area. If you think therapy or counseling is for you, call Teen Line for a free referral.
Don’t go back to an abusive relationship! Remember: abusive relationships tend to get worse, not better. Resist the temptation to give the abusive person “one more chance.” You don’t deserve to be afraid. Everyone is entitled to feel safe and loved.
If you, a family member or a friend has been beaten up or sexually abused, or if your own behavior is out of control or violent, it is time to seek help.
If you or someone you’re with is out of control or in danger, get away and get help from a friend or neighbor. Call 911 for ambulance and/or police assistance.
If you have been raped, call one of the Rape Hotlines listed below. Also, see the section on Rape/Sexual Abuse.
If your date or boyfriend/girlfriend has fits of violent behavior, has ever hit you, beaten you, or shamed and belittled you to the point of feeling worthless and depressed, call one of the following numbers.
Additional hotlines: (310)-370-5902, (310)-379-3620, (562)-388-7652. Individual, group, family counseling & case management for victims of domestic violence and runaways ages 10-17, two week stay, substance abuse awareness, 12-step program, schooling, job search and placement. Outpatient facility with 6 beds. Parent consent required.
2116 Arlington Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Crisis phone counseling, information, and referrals for all problems ages 12-24. Bilingual when available. Can connect without charge to parent/guardian or other agency. Message relay service. Chat and Email available too.
Sacramento, CA 95816
24-hour Crisis Hotline. Counseling services offered to children and teens who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Rape Prevention and Domestic Violence Education is offered to high schools and other community organizations.
1102 Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Extensive services, counseling and treatment provided where child abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or domestic violence has occurred or there is risk of occurring. Serves San Fernando Valley.Spanish spoken. Accepts MediCal and health insurance.
9650 Zelzah Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 91325
M-Th 8:30am-8pm & F 8:30am-5:30pm
Counseling, food/clothing, parenting classes, anger management, substance abuse help, vocational training, case management, legal services, emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims of domestic and dating violence for 18 years and older.
24 hour hotline: (213) 626-3393
Los Angeles County: (310) 392-8381
West San Gabriel Valley: (626) 793-3385
Counseling for dating violence, rape survivors, child abuse. Phone counseling and referrals. Self-defense classes and teen abuse prevention.
1015 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
M-F 9am-5pm (by appointment)
Additional Hotline: (909) 626-4155
Sexual assault and incest survivor crisis services. Provides information about medical attention, reporting the assault, advocacy, personal counseling, self defense, support groups and teen/young adult education on prevention.
Pomona, CA 91769
Information about rape and sexual abuse as well as referrals. Free and confidential. Connects caller to nearest service. Online hotline also available on their website.
1220 L St NW,
Washington, DC 20005
Services for youth, teens, adolescents, and adults in the areas of anger management, teen dating violence, substance abuse, and sexual abuse. Services all of Los Angeles County.
8424 S Vermont Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Located at Santa Monica ULCA Medical Center FREE treatment. Bilingual. Immediate assistance and treatment for victims and families including examinations, counseling, medical care, and crisis intervention.
1250 16th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
The Positive Results Corporation provides free group workshops for awareness and prevention of bullying and teen dating violence. They also conduct 12-week youth leadership, financial empowerment, and healthy relationship workshops for free. Call for scheduling and further information. Please visit website’s “About Us” page to see if you are eligible. English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL) available.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
For sexual assault victims in San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley.
Will accompany to hospitals, police, or court.
Counseling available to victim, significant others, and family of rape and domestic abuse. Prevention, education, crisis, and intervention.
18111 Nordhoff St,
Los Angeles, CA 91330
Information regarding victims’ rights and what to expect while going through the court system. Confidential referrals for counseling. Spanish services available. FREE. Online chat available.
3200 5th Ave,
Sacramento, CA 95817