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SYLC is committed to educating our peers about the red flags or warning signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships. It is important to know a person of any identity can be in an unhealthy relationship, and dating violence is too common an issue to ignore.

Before they become adults, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a romantic relationship with.

In Alaska, half of adult women experience intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in their lifetime.

SYLC's peer educators strive to drive down these numbers by spreading messages and providing education aimed at preventing unhealthy relationships.


If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you are not alone and there are support and resources available to help
It is never anyone's fault if they are being abused.

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.

All listed hotlines are available 24/7 unless stated otherwise. They are confidential unless you are under 18 and share mandatory reporting information (your name/age/where you live). These hotlines provide support and resources for people struggling with relationships, mental health and violence as well as their family members, adult supporters and friends.

These two are a good place to start

Reach out to speak to local advocates who can provide help, support and information

 Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) 

For questions or concerns about your own or a friend's romantic relationship (for young people)

 love is respect 

 National Domestic Violence Helpline 

Crisis support, protective service options and connection to local resources

 National Sexual Assault Hotline 

Crisis support, reporting options and direction to local resources

 988 Suicide and
Crisis Lifeline 

Crisis support for depression and suicide

(national hotline that connects you to Alaskan counselors)

 StrongHearts Native Helpline 

Domestic and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives

 LGBT National Youth Talkline 

Support, info, and resources for LGBTQIA+ youth, focused on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

Mon-Fri 12-8pm Sat 8am-1pm

 The Trevor Project 

Crisis support for LGBTQIA+ youth struggling with coming out, identity, depression and suicide

Websites for More Info on Healthy Relationships

Teen dating and abuse guide. Articles, quizzes, resources and more

Information about sexual activity, reproductive health, sexual assault and sexual orientation

Trustworthy health resource created for Alaska Native and rural Alaska youth and allies

Unhealthy relationships can take many forms–they can be between friends and family as well as romantic partners.


If you think a friend, student or family member might be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, know that the best way you can show your support is by listening to them, validating their feelings, and respecting their decisions. If they are ready, you could also help them seek support from the resources listed above.



Teen dating violence is common–we hope it’s something you never experience, but want you to be prepared in case you find yourself in an unsafe situation. A "safety plan" can help you identify what you'd do and where you could turn for help in an abusive relationship

These are a good place to start:

  • List two friends that you trust that you can talk to about relationships or ask for help.

  • List four adults you can talk to for help staying safe and accessing resources if you find yourself in an abusive relationship.

  • List two places you can find more information about healthy relationships.

  • List two safe places you can go if you find yourself in immediate danger.

Keep your safety plan in a safe place–if you’re experiencing an abusive relationship, keep it in a place where your partner won’t find it.

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