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Healthy Dating – Teens and Relationships

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.



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:, or 249-9470

YWCA:, or 643-0888

Lisa Crutchfield
Lisa Crutchfield is a freelance writer who lives in the West End with her family. She has a daughter in college. Lisa writes about anything and everything for RFM.
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