Do you want to help your friends? Do you have questions about your own relationships? Ask your School Counselor if Expect Respect® is offered at your school, get involved with a youth organization in your community, or check out some of the online resources below and start your own project to promote safe and healthy relationships.

SAFE | , an alliance of SafePlace and Austin Children's Shelter, works to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention and advocacy for change.  SAFE |  is located in Austin, Texas and provides emergency shelter, counseling, supportive housing, community education and other services.


512.267.SAFE (7233)  |
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P.O. Box 19454 | Austin, TX 78760 | |



Expect Respect®, a program of SAFE |  provides school-based counseling and support groups in Austin and Manor middle and high schools for teens who have been hurt by violence or abuse. Leadership training for preventing dating abuse, sexual harassment and bullying is also available.  Ask your School Counselor for more information or contact us at

Are you a performer? Would you like to use your talent to stop teen dating abuse, sexual harassment, and bullying? Changing Lives is a teen theatre ensemble made up of students from across Austin who work together to create original performances for youth audiences. All youth in the ensemble are paid! Changing Lives is a collaboration between SafePlace and Creative Action. For more information on how to get involved or book a performance at your school, contact Meg Greene, Educational Theatre Manager at  or visit the Changing Lives blog.

Preventing Sexual Assault On Campus

Increase your awareness about sexual assault and abusive partner relationships, and what to do if you or someone you know is victimized. Campus safety concerns all students, and one of the most disquieting dangers young adults must face is the risk of sexual assault. The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released their first report in April 2014, leading with a chilling statistic: one in five college students experiences sexual assault during their college career.

Get involved with one of Austin's most unique organizations. Creative Action’s programs tackle bullying, dating violence, conflict resolution, and other social issues that concern young people. Through after school programs, youth theatre ensembles, and interactive classroom performances, Creative Action promotes dialogue and change in creative and engaging ways. For more information contact Karen at or 512.442.8773.

The Boys and Girls Clubs inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential by providing before and after-school programs in Austin area middle and high schools. Some Austin BGCs offer DateSMART, a program which explores dating relationships and encourages healthy relationships. For more information on the Boys and Girls Club in your school or neighborhood, call 512.444.7199.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, harassed or is experiencing dating abuse, talk with a School Counselor or Administrator. All students have the right to be safe and respected at school. Take action to protect yourself and your friends. If you are a student in Austin ISD, go online to read your rights or to file a complaint at

Did you know that your school nurse can help you with relationship problems? If you or someone you care about has experienced violence or abuse, please know that support is only as far away as the nurse's office.

The National Dating Abuse Helpline offers real-time, one-on-one support from peer advocates for youth, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers. The Helpline is a 24-hour resource that can be accessed by phone or the internet, specifically designed for teens and young adults. Chat, call 866.331.9474 or text:: loveis to 22522. is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Among other causes Do calls on teens to take action to end bullying and violence. The call to action and programs are always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car.

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, aims to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN works to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects of homophobia and heterosexism on youth and adults alike.

Men Can Stop Rape mobilizes boys and young men to prevent men's violence against women. Young men are taught to rethink traditional ideas about masculinity and male strength and to see themselves as allies to women and girls in supporting gender equality in relationships.

The website provides information on dating violence and many creative opportunities for teens to get involved in preventing and ending dating abuse.

Sponsored by MTV, this campaign aims to stop the spread of digital abuse among teenagers by tackling issues like sexting, textual harassment and cyberbullying. A Thin Line is designed to raise awareness and spark conversation so that teens can recognize, respond to, and stop digital abuse on their cell phones and the Web.

Visit the Love Is Respect website for valuable information on subjects like relationship abuse, warning signs, talking to adults, breaking up, girl/guy talk and lots more. is an interactive website for youth that aims to raise awareness about digital dating abuse. It addresses problems like unwanted and disrespectful texting, pressuring for nude pictures, and breaking into someone's e-mail or social networking page. The site includes a discussion board, videos, and callout cards.