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The relationships you have as a teen are a very special and important part of your life. That’s why a fight with a close friend can hurt so much. It’s also why it can be so frustrating when the people who should know you best — like your family — don’t seem to understand you. This section of can give you skills for building strong and healthy relationships of all types. You can learn about:

If you or someone you know feels unsafe

Are you feeling unsafe? Do you have a friend who is in a dangerous relationship? If so, you should seek help immediately from a parent/guardian, teacher, doctor, nurse, or counselor right away!

In our safety in relationships section you can also learn:

If you are feeling unsafe, here are some important phone numbers:

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4663)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

These hotlines are free, private, and open 24 hours a day.

Pop Quiz!

Relationships take a lot of time and care to be healthy. Healthy relationships are fun and can make you feel good about yourself. When you’ve finished reading this section about healthy relationships, try taking these quizzes to see how much you have learned!

Content last updated September 22, 2009

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.