Healthy Dating – Teens and Relationships

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    Sara Elizabeth Duke, a Richmond native studying at Vanderbilt University to become a women’s health nurse practitioner, says although it may not always be a teen’s strong suit, communication is crucial when it comes to maintaining healthy relationships. “Keeping an open line to trusted adults is always helpful—but often not practical in a teen world.”

    That’s where online resources and hotlines (some of which allow texting rather than actual speaking, a boon for today’s teens) can help provide answers and resources.

     

    Hotlines:

    Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, 800-838-8238.

    National Dating Abuse Helpline:866-331-9474, or text 77054

    National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233)

    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

     

    Organizations and Websites:

    Safe Harbor: www.safeharborshelter.com, or 249-9470

    YWCA: www.ywcarichmond.org, or 643-0888

    www.firstthingsrichmond.org

    www.chooserespect.org

    www.loveisrespect.org/

    www.theredflagcampaign.org

    www.loveisnotabuse.com

    www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/prevention/dsvp/datingviolence/

    www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teen_dating_violence.html/

    www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/datingmatters