General Safety Tips

Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is when one partner uses unhealthy behaviors to gain power and control over their partner. TDV occurs in heterosexual and LGBTQ+ relationships at any stage (dating, engaged, married, after a breakup).
Staying Safe at Home


The following is a list of different things I can use/do to keep myself safe at home:

  • If possible, identify my partner’s/ex-partner’s triggers
    • Think about how I can keep myself safe when my partner becomes angry
  • Know all the exits, including what windows can open. 
  • Make sure that all doors and windows can fully lock.
  • Decide which exit is safest to use if I need to leave suddenly.
  • If there are security cameras or an alarm system set up in my home, ensure that I know how to use them.
  • Lock up any guns or weapons.
  • Think about safety planning for when I am home alone.
    • Do I have a phone with me at all times? 
    • Do I have a trusted neighbor who can provide support?
  • Change any codes or locks my partner might have had access to and inform any on-site security or neighbors about my partner/ex-partner. 
  • If I have a good relationship with my neighbors, I can consider:
    • Choosing a code with them to let them know if I need help. 
    • Discussing what they should do if they feel that something isn’t right or I may be unsafe. (Ex: call the police, call your trusted adult, etc.).
  • If I am spending the night somewhere different, I can let a trusted person know where I am.
  • If I have to leave home suddenly, this is a safe place for me to go to: [list these for yourself!]
Staying Safe for Unhoused Youth
Staying Safe Online
Staying Safe on Social Media
Staying Safe at School (ages 10-18)
Staying Safe on Campus (ages 18-24)
Staying Safe at Extracurriculars
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