- Tell someone if you see or hear acts of dating violence – tell a teacher, tell a parent, tell a friend or other trusted adult.
- If you witness violence, call 911 for emergency assistance.
- If you are in school, there are a number of places to go for help. You can speak to a guidance counselor, health teacher, principle or other trusted teacher to access resources and get help.
- Support a friend who may be in an abusive relationship – listen and hear them in a non-judgmental way.
- Protect yourself – know the warning signs of an abusive relationship. If you’re concerned ask for help.
- Lead by example – treat your girlfriend or boyfriend with respect, the way you would want to be treated.
All services are free and confidential
The RESPOND Support Line is fully-staffed by certified domestic violence counselors Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, to listen and support all callers. Individuals who answer the Support Line are trained in the dynamics of domestic abuse and know about the support services available for victims of violence. Anyone who has questions about their own relationship or those of a friend or family member are encouraged to call.
RESPOND Support Line (Monday-Friday, 8 am to 8 pm): 617-623-5900.
If you call outside of these hours, you will be redirected to the statewide or national hotline.