Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education.Teen dating abuse is any act that causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to a teen by an individual who is in a current or former dating relationship with that teen.The anger and stress that victims feel may lead to eating disorders and depression. Although the challenges that our tribal communities face may be staggering, there is a light of resilience building up within our Native youth.

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Teens who are victims are more likely to do poorly in school.

They may engage in unhealthy behaviors, like drug and alcohol use.

They have become a constant convenience for most and a must-have for teens to fit in.

If they don't have a cell phone like the rest of the kids, their social status is ruined.

Users call 1-866-331-9474 to be connected with an advocate who is trained to offer education, support and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, siblings, parents, teachers, law enforcement members and service providers.

The live chat (IM-style) of the Helpline is another way for users to contact a peer advocate.

At CSVANW, we believe that each of our Native youth carry within them, the hopes, visions, prayers and songs of their ancestors.

We believe that they carry within them, the resilience of their families and their communities.

The texting function of the Helpline allows for users to text the Helpline advocates 24 hours a day, seven days a week about anything ranging from questions about healthy dating to raising red flags about relationships.

The Helplineā€™s peer advocates serve thousands of teens and young adults through the 24/7 phone service.

Violence, including intentional injuries, homicide and suicide, account for 75% of Native youth deaths.