Waypoint’s local and toll-free emergency phone lines are available 24/7 to provide information or immediate crisis counseling to victims/survivors of domestic violence or their family or friends.
Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status.
Both males and females in heterosexual or homosexual relationships can experience dating violence or abuse.
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Violence hotlines are an effective resource for getting help with your relationship and identifying possible violence or other abuse, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.
If you don’t want to talk to a stranger, find someone you trust, such as a family member, close friend or even a school counselor, and talk to them about your relationship.
If your family or friends warn you about the person you are dating, think about getting help. Parents may think children do not know about the violence, but most of the time they do. A parent who is being abused may be in too much pain to take good care of their child. This can be unwanted phone calls or gifts, or following people by going to where they work or live. People may think stalking is not dangerous because no one has been physically hurt.
Tell friends, family members or anybody you can trust. Children who live in violent homes can have many problems. They can have trouble in school and getting along with others.
If you notice controlling behavior, sudden mood changes or threats of violence from your significant other, get help immediately.
Some dating violence occurs on the first or second date when two people aren’t necessarily a couple.
Given these statistics, Waypoint has made it a priority to not only treat the urgent needs of victims, but work to stop the cycle of violence through advocacy, counseling, and other critical resources.
It often starts with teasing or name-calling, and can escalate over time to physical assault and rape. Part of what makes dating violence so painful and hard to understand is that there is love mixed with the abuse.
This can make it hard to realize that you really are being abused.