It also offers guidance for parents and friends of teens who appear to be in an abusive dating situation.
Had such a site been available for Kendrick Sledge, she might have made a quicker exit from her first relationship, a four-month ordeal when she was 14."We started officially dating through Instant Messenger," she recalls on a break between classes at Boston University.
Luckily I never took him up on that."Only in hindsight could Ms.
Sledge see how manipulative he was – telling her no one would love her the way he did, threatening to kill himself if she left him.
Her boyfriend was a senior at a different high school, but she had met him at summer camp and was new to the area, so her world revolved around him.
Her parents objected and tried to cut off their communication.
"They shut down my e-mail with a password [but didn't know] I opened a free e-mail account," she says.
"At one point he offered to buy me my own cellphone.
It's a natural instinct to tell someone, "That person's wrong for you," she says, but that will cause victims to defend their dating partners.But if they opt not to talk with parents, "we want to reach the teens wherever they are," says Jane Randel, spokeswoman for Liz Claiborne, which has been working to end domestic violence since 1991.Adolescence is a time of incredibly physical, social and emotional growth, and peer relationships – especially romantic ones – are a major social focus for many youth.Occasionally there was also physical abuse, she says. But she hadn't told her parents anything, and she lived in fear for the next month or two, until she heard he had been arrested.She never learned what the charges were, but she was relieved to learn he was being sent to reform school.