Dating basics

Abuse can affect all types of relationships, not just long-term or committed relationships. Dating abuse and relationship issues can be hard topics to discuss, but in our experience, getting support can be really helpful. Here at loveisrespect, we have trained peer advocates who are friendly, non-judgmental and available 24/7.

Even if your relationship is casual or you’ve only hooked up once, you can still experience abuse. You can chat with one of our advocates at any time of the day just by clicking the chat button, text us by sending “loveis” (capitalization does not matter) to 22522 or call us at 1-866-331-9474. So feel free to contact us anytime and know that we’ll keep our conversations completely confidential.

If you think that talking to your parents might be hard, start with your friends or other adults you trust.

Ultimately, what matters is that you personally feel ready and confident to make this decision.

At loveisrespect, we focus on dating relationships, but the information on this website is helpful for all kinds of relationships!

To maintain a healthy relationship, you need to be able to forgive your partner for their past mistakes. Try to remember: being with a person you cannot forgive is not going to do either of you any good.

Remember the rules for a healthy relationship apply to hook-ups, too.

There’s no singular right answer to this question, because everyone is different!

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