Support Systems

When you’re going through a tough time, you often feel alone. Know that you are not -- there are people all around who can help. Confiding in a trusted friend, teacher, supervisor or family member can be the first step toward building a system of support that will help you stay safe. So, who can you turn to?

At Home

Your family may be a great resource if you’re experiencing dating abuse. They may know you best, be around you the most and be able to improve your home environment. We know it can be really hard opening up to a family member, so we have tips to get you started.

In Your Community

Consider reaching out to members of your community if you're in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. These people can be faith leaders, police, security guards, school counselors, coaches or extended family members. Learn more about building a support system in your community.

In School

Schools have a responsibility to keep students safe. If you’re experiencing dating abuse on campus, consider talking to a friend, teacher or school counselor. They can help you find solutions to your safety concerns and deal with your feelings. Read more tips about building a support system in school.

Remember, a teacher or counselor may be a mandated reporter, meaning they may be required by law to report your situation to the authorities if you have been hurt or a crime has been committed. Chat with a peer advocate to find out about the mandated reporter laws in your state.

At Work

Many people prefer to keep their professional and personal lives separate. However, if you're in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, you may want to talk to someone at your job. It can be hard to tell anyone about what you're going through, but talking to your co-workers may help keep you safe. Learn what you can do to help keep your workplace safe.

With Friends

Your friends can be great support systems for helping you if you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Maybe it's easier to talk to close friends instead of family members, counselors, community members, etc. Sometimes close friends know more about your relationship than your family members, for many reasons, like expecting less judgment from friends, knowing that sometimes your friends will be more understanding of your situation. Learn more on building support systems with friends.