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Dating abuse is a serious issue that can impact an individualís physical and emotional safety. Here you can find information to help your
friend consider steps to protect themselves.

Safety plans are personalized plans for reducing the impact of physical and emotional
harm. Safety plans consider how to stay safe while in an abusive relationship, what to do
during a break-up, and how to stay safe after a relationship ends.

Documenting abuse is a good strategy for keeping track of abusive incidents that may be used later if a survivor decides to seek a restraining order or other legal action against an abusive partner. By recording details of abusive incidents, survivors and friends of survivors can also learn to look out for signs that violence in a relationship is escalating.

Sexual assault exams are medical exams that are conducted at an emergency room after
a sexual assault. Some states have specialized sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs)
who can treat injuries, collect evidence (with permission), and dispense treatment for
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.

Restraining orders are court orders that can require an abuser to stop abusing their
partner. Restraining orders are available for teens in dating relationships, whether youíre
a guy or girl, or in straight or queer relationships.

Even if you think your friend is safe now, it is important to educate yourself on these issues. Being informed and educated about individual rights and dating abuse resources is one of the best ways to ensure your friendís safety.
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