Dating Abuse: How to Help

Any level or type of violence can be devastating, and help is available. If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, talk to a teacher, principal, parent, clergy, physician, family member, counselor, or trusted friend.

Being available is an invaluable resource that you can offer someone in trouble. If you are concerned about someone, ask them: “Are you safe? What do you need?”

Remember, the most dangerous time for escalation of dating violence is when the relationship is ending. Breaking up can be a process and involves a safety plan. School and hotline counselors will help develop an appropriate safety plan, specific to the relationship and resources available.

How to Help a Friend, How to Help Yourself

  • Call 911 if you feel you are or someone else is in danger
  • In the Omaha area, call the WCA completely-confidential 24-hour hotline: 402.345.6555
  • Outside of Omaha, find your local hotline at
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Rape, Incest, Abuse National Network: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
  • National Hopeline Network: 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)