Dating Violence

Strategies to protect yourself

If you are a victim of dating violence:
  • Tell an adult you trust what is happening. Adults will only be able to support and protect you if they know what is happening.
  • There are organisations who can give you support and advice free of charge. You don’t need to make a report to the police. (See How and where can I get support? for more information).                                                                         
  • Choose busy public places to hang out with your mates. Isolated areas can put you at risk.
  • Change your routines (e.g. alter your route to school and try to do so in the company of other friends or classmates).
  • When you go out tell someone you trust where you are going and what time you will return.
  • Keep important contacts on your mobile so that you can ask for help easily.
  • If you feel that you are in danger try to find someone or go to a safer place. You can also call 999.