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 www.nebraskacoalition.org
- 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)