Teen Dating Violence

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Teens relationships provide the bedrock for future adult relationships.

Let’s help teens keep their relationships healthy!

Teens can access free, confidential SOS services just like adults. They can request services by calling our hotline: 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870

Teens can ask to meet with an advocate at their school or can come to our outreach office at 402 Commercial St in Emporia Monday- Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

After hours, they can call our hotline or use loveisrespect.org’s text hotline: simply text “loveis” to 77054.

SOS advocates have experience providing services to heterosexual and LGBTQ individuals, in English and Spanish.

Click the play button to the left to hear our friend Bailey talk about what SOS has to offer.

Text Hotline: Nervous to talk on the phone? loveisrespect.org offers this service for Teens

  1. Text “loveis” to 77054 Normal texting fees apply.
  2. You will receive a response from a peer advocate prompting you for your question.
  3. Text your comment or question and the advocate will reply.

Please note: Because teens are still minors, if they are a victim of child abuse (violence at the hands of an adult or someone 18+), the SOS victim advocate may be required to report this. Advocates will inform teens what they are required to report, prior to disclosure and what resources are available to them so they can make an empowered decision about what they wish to disclose.

From our friends at Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month:

What Does Dating Violence Look Like?

Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults.
This can include:

  • Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
  • Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
  • Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
  • Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner. This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on Facebook or other social media.

If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help. Visit loveisrespect for more information, chat with a peer advocate online, call SOS at 800-825-1295 or text “loveis” to 77054.

If you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home, please call the National Runaway Safeline. (1-800-RUNAWAY)

Ten Warning Signs of Abuse

While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten common abusive behaviors:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do