Resources for Dating Violence
Dating Violence and Sexual Assault
How they can help: The PCADV has a county-by-county list of resources for people who have experienced domestic violence and want to get help. You can use the list to get program information, hotline numbers, and free and confidential assistance.
You can also use the national hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), to get assistance in English or Spanish.
How they can help: Love is Respect is a project designed to engage, educate, and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships. Features include:
A live chat line - 1-866-331-9474, or text "loveis" to 22522
Information on dating and healthy relationship basics
A section defining various kinds of abuse, and why people abuse
Advice and resources to get help -- including legal and social support -- for yourself and others
How they can help: PCAR serves and advocates for people who have been victims of sexual assault and works alongside a network of 50 rape crisis centers across the state. Advocates from some centers are available to accompany victims of sexual violence, rape or incest to the hospital and other medical facilities, as well as to the police station and to court.
Free and confidential crisis counseling 24 hours a day
Services for the victim’s family, friends, partners or spouses
Information and referrals to other services in your area
How they can help: RAINN can connect you to local resources including counseling after an assualt and provides information on sexual assault.
Other services include:
If you are dating or are in a romantic or sexual relationship, you should know about dating violence -- which can happen in many types of relationships and put your health at risk for many reasons.
Dating violence is typically a pattern of abusive behaviors that people use to gain control and power over their partners. Over time, the abusive behavior can increase and become more dangerous.
Abusive behavior can be physically violent, such as hitting a dating partner or destroying a partner's property. But it also includes behavior like making threats or insults, sexual abuse, and trying to control a partner's behavior. Read below to learn about the warning signs of dating violence and resources and information on healthy relationships. You can also visit Break the Cycle to learn more about abusive behaviors.