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HOPE, a computer notes the area code and first three digits of the caller’s phone number.
The call is then instantaneously connected to the nearest RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) member center.
According to national research, 1 out of 3 teens report knowing friends or peers who have experienced dating abuse.
Worse, the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds that 1 in 10 teens report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
REACH offers help to teen survivors and concerned adults through our supportive services.
If you would like to talk about what is going on in your child’s relationship, call our free 24-hour hotline at .
Controlling behaviors, such as demanding passwords to email accounts or constant texting and phone calls may initially be viewed as signs of love – that a dating partner is taking an interest in their lives and showing how much they care.
However, these behaviors are warning signs that a relationship may ultimately become abusive.
Visit resources, safety tips, online chats available with peer advocates 24/7. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous.Alarmingly, research indicates that only 33% of teens in abusive relationships have reported their experiences to anyone.Of those teen survivors, 3% of teens in abusive relationships reported the abuse to authority figures and 6% told family members. Studies show that teens experiencing abuse are more likely to smoke or use drugs, take diet pills/laxatives, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Teens experiencing abuse are usually silent about their experience; often, teens blame themselves or normalize abusive behaviors as typical.There are specific warning signs that may indicate your teen is in an abusive relationship.Different people in your teen’s life (teachers, coaches, friends and other family members) may each notice warning signs in your teen and their dating partner.
Let’s face it - Dating Relationships are just hard.