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“If teens are not turning to their parents for help, it is essential that they have a private outlet where they can discuss their fears with someone who will provide immediate assistance,” said Sheryl Cates, the chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Texas Council on Family Violence.
“This helpline and website were designed exclusively for teens so they can speak to a peer or an adult advocate anonymously and confidentially.” Teens and parents anywhere in the country can call toll free, 866-331-9474 or log on to the interactive Web site, loveisrespect.org, and receive immediate, confidential assistance.
Match is strictly for teens aged 18 and 19 (as well as young adults, millennials, and seniors, among others).
The National Domestic Violence Hotline and Liz Claiborne Inc.
announced Thursday the launch of the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH), a 24-hour national web-based and telephone helpline created to help teens (ages 13-18) experiencing dating abuse during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC.
Teen dating abuse affects nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide in a single year.
Though most frequently the perpetrator of abuse is a male partner against a female partner, abuse by a female partner against a male also takes place.
Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.Additionally, these statistics do not take into account the rising instances of self-injury, which do not necessarily need to be associated with suicidal feelings, but which is a form of self-violence (2, 3).