Violence in Relationships

If you’re experiencing a crisis, please contact one of the resources on our “Get Help” page or call 911.

As you grow up, you may begin to realize how nice it is to have a person around that you can depend on, share things with, and have fun with. Dating and relationships are wonderful parts of growing up. However some relationships, even though they started out with the best intentions, end up being dangerous. Sometimes we stay in relationships that are not stable or healthy. It is important to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship before it is too late.


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Even if relationships started with good intentions, they can turn dangerous fast. Knowing the signs of abusive relationships can help keep you safe.

Dating Violence

  • Dating violence is a real issue in society. Many people are unaware that teens can experience dating violence.
  • Dating violence is defined as physical, sexual, psychological/emotional violence within a relationship, and this also includes stalking.
  • Statistics indicate that if you experience violence as a teen, you are more likely to be involved in an abusive relationship later in life.
  • Dating violence is a difficult cycle to break.
  • In one nationwide survey, it was the 9.4% of high school students reported to being hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a significant other.
  • If you significant other is abusive or if you know anyone in an abusive relationship please find help.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or abuse by one person in a domestic context against another, for example, a marriage or relationship. Domestic Violence is not a normal thing and it should never be tolerated. Violence can be both physical and verbal.

  • Domestic violence includes but is not limited to being beaten, hit, slapped, and coerced into sex, verbally assaulted, or otherwise emotionally abused.
  • Domestic violence is an important issue. Last year, 114 women in Texas were murdered due to domestic violence and there were 188,000 instances of domestic violence reported–and who knows how many other instances were not reported.
  • If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic please get help.

Important Resources

  • The P.E.A.C.E Initiative* A coalition of groups and individuals throughout San Antonio, who are dedicated to ending domestic violence in the city. Located at 1443 South St. Mary’s, San Antonio, TX 78212. Phone: 210-533-2729 or 210-533-0880.
  • loveisrespect This national teen dating abuse helpline offers 24/7 support via phone, at 866-331-9474, text or online chat. More information and online support is available at LoveIsRespect.org.
  • Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships (TEAR) You’ll find information on identifying and dealing with abusive relationships on this organization’s website, as well as links to other resources and hotlines. Visit TeensAgainstAbuse.org for all the details.
  • TeensHealth Nemours, one of the top children’s health nonprofits, runs this informative website. Their relationships section features great insight into healthy and unhealthy relationships. For more health resources from Nemours, visit TeensHealth.org.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline Trained staff are available 24/7 by phone (1-800-799-7233) or online at TheHotline.org. Services for the deaf available at 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
  • The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN offers a number of resources for those experiencing sexual abuse, including a 24/7 hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and online help, at RAINN.org.
  • The National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV) The NCADV is dedicated to ending violence in our communities. Their National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), with services for the deaf at 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). For more information, visit NCADV.org.