No one should have to go through an unhealthy or abusive relationship alone.
When you’re going through a tough time, you often feel alone.
Know that you are not — there are people all around who can help.
Confiding in a trusted friend, teacher, supervisor or family member can be the first step toward building a system of support that will help you stay safe. Your family may be a great resource if you’re experiencing dating abuse.
They may know you best and be around the most, but it can be really hard opening up to a family member.
What if your parents didn’t want you to date at all, and now you’re in an abusive relationship? How can you even bring up the topic to your family?
What if you confide in a sibling and they tell your parents?
It’s understandable to be embarrassed or scared to approach family members.
We want you to feel empowered to get the support you deserve.
If you admire their relationships, maybe they can help you figure out what to focus on.
Just because you’ve picked a family member, doesn’t mean you’re ready to talk yet — and that’s ok.
If you feel close to your sister but haven’t spent time with her lately, try to bond more before bringing up the topic.