Each relationship is unique and there isn’t a standard way of having a “correct” relationship. However, it can sometimes be hard to confidently spot the difference between a normal, toxic, or even abusive relationship especially if you are in that relationship. Below are resources that can help you identify what a healthy, unhealthy, toxic, or abusive relationship looks like, and where you can get help if you want to leave. While many of these resources are aimed at romantic relationships, they can also be applied to family or platonic relationships. 

 

Loveisrespect

A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, this resource has information on how to maintain a healthy relationship, how to identify healthy, unhealthy, toxic, or abusive relationships, information on various kinds of abuse, and how to get help if you need to leave an abusive relationship. This resource is aimed at all ages, including teens. The website is also available in Spanish. 

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Has much of the same information as Loveisrespect. It has direct access to the chat help for people experiencing or survivors of abuse. Their hotline can help identify abuse and help you create a personalized safety plan to leave an abusive relationship successfully. This website is available in Spanish. 

Toll free hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (available 24/7)

Text: 1−800−787−3224 or text LOVEIS to 22522

Chat help is available on their website (https://www.thehotline.org/) (available 24/7)

 

Helpguide’s Child Abuse and Neglect Page

This resource defines the different kinds of child abuse and neglect and gives a guide on how to identify a child who may be experiencing abuse, how abusers can stop being abusers, and what steps bystandards can take to support children experiencing neglect and abuse. 

 

Child Protective Services (Indiana)  

Anyone can report child abuse or neglect, including children.

Hotline to report child abuse or neglect in Indiana: 1-800-800-5556

 

Posted on August 1, 2020

by Daphne Bechrakis

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Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne is a Public Services Librarian and Harry Potter enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, adding books to her ever-growing “to-be-read” list, hiking, and watching terrible movies with friends. One of her current life goals is to collect the entirety of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Her bucket list includes seeing the Aurora Borealis and going to Yellowstone National Park. She is the proud owner of a spider-plant named Skullcrusher III, first of its kind, which she has somehow managed not to kill yet.
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