Teen Relationships

Do you know the difference between a healthy relationship and abuse?

You would be surprised at how many people, especially tweens/teens, do not. Worse yet, most don’t know where to turn for help. It isn’t always about physical abuse.  Please take time to learn more to help protect yourself, a friend or your child.

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in danger or a crisis.


Are you being abused? Below is a list of questions to ask yourself…

Source: National Domestic Violence Hotline - Is this Abuse? Am I being Abused?

Does your partner:

  • Embarrass you with put-downs?
  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
  • Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?
  • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?
  • Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
  • Make all of the decisions?
  • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?
  • Prevent you from working or attending school?
  • Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?
  • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
  • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
  • Shove you, slap you, choke you, or hit you?
  • Force you to try and drop charges?
  • Threaten to commit suicide?
  • Threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.

For support and more information please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.

For local support call either:

To report domestic violence and get help in crisis call 911

The Y.E.S.S. program teaches 6-8th grade students about Teen Relationships consisting of information around the following topics.  To view the lessons visit our Middle School Program

6th grade:

  • Bullying

7th grade:

  • Friends – who are they and what is a healthy friendship –
    “Show me your friends…I’ll show you your future.”
  • Peer pressure
  • Harassment
  • Teasing
  • Bullying
  • Sexual harassment – “Flirting or Hurting”
  • Grooming tactics that criminals use
  • Risky behaviors
  • Emotional and physical boundaries
  • Laws and consequences

8th grade:

  • Signs of abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • From love to abuse
  • Finding balance
  • Laws and consequences
  • Physical abuse
  • Relational aggressive behavior
  • Healthy relationships based on equality

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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