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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6416
FAX: (213) 639-1034

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Abusive Relationships

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Relationships can be unhealthy and abusive. Abuse comes in many forms including physical, sexual, stalking and/or emotional aggression. If your partner is abusive, seek help as soon as possible.

Common warning signs of abuse:

Physical/Sexual Verbal/Emotional Abuse
  • Your partner physically hurts you or threatens to hurt you in any way (i.e. hitting, punching, choking, shoving, etc.).

  • Your partner forces you to have sex or take part in other sexual acts when you do not want to or after you say no.

  • Your partner threatens you with a weapon or a gun.

  • Your partner has an explosive temper. He or she is very jealous and will not let you talk to other men or women.

  • Your partner tells you what to do and keeps you from spending time with your friends and family.

  • Your partner puts you down, calls you names, and/or tells you that you are always wrong.

  • Your partner controls your money.

  • Your partner needs to know where you are or checks your social media accounts and text messages without your permission.

  • Your partner threatens to leave you or hurt themselves if you do not do what they say.

Getting help in an abusive or violent situation

If your partner is abusive, get help. There are many options to help you get out of an unsafe and abusive situation:

  • IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1. Police may be able to arrest the abuser and take you (and your children) to safety.


  • Hotlines have trained people to listen to your story, help you create a safety plan, give you important resources, and place you in safe shelters.


For toll-free confidential calls, please call:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline (Open 24 hours a day)
1.800.799.SAFE (7233)


Los Angeles County Hotline (Open 24 hours a day)


  • For anonymous online live chats, go to the following links:

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline - click here


    Love is Respect - click here

What can I do if a friend of mine is in an abusive or violent situation?

“You should just leave.” Have you found yourself thinking this about your friend’s relationship? If you think your friend is in an abusive or violent relationship, you can help. Be aware of the different warning signs listed above. Check out the tips below to help a friend that is in an abusive relationship:

  • Talk to your friend. Tell them that you are concerned for their safety and well-being.

  • Listen, be supportive, and respect their decisions.

  • Help your friend understand that their relationship may be abusive.

  • Connect your friend with resources like The National Domestic Violence Hotline to help them develop a safety plan.

  • Encourage your friend to spend time with their friends and family.

  • Don’t try to rescue your friend. Leaving an abusive situation is complicated.

More Information:

Call any of these numbers to get help with emergency housing:

  • 211 La County Info Line: Call 2-1-1

  • 1736 Family Crisis Shelter: 1-310-379-3620

  • Su Casa, Family Crisis & Support Center: 1-562-402-4888

  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center: 1-323-860-5806

  • East LA Women’s Center: 1-323-526-5819

  • YWCA Wings: 1-626-967-0658




1.   The National Domestic Violence Hotline. (n.d.). The National Domestic
Violence Website. Retrieved from:

2.   The National Domestic Violence Hotline. (n.d.). What is a Healthy Relationship?
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3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Intimate Partner Violence: Definitions. Retrieved from:

4. The National Domestic Violence Hotline. (2016). Warning Signs and Red Flags. Retrieved from:

5. The National Domestic Violence Hotline. (n.d.). What is Safety Planning? Retrieved



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