8. If your boyfriend is violent, you've got to get out—it's unlikely he will be cured: Most batterers don't get the treatment they need in order to stop. They don't want help because they believe they are in the right. Furthermore, the beatings are likely to escalate over time. So don't follow Rihanna's example—ask for help from your close friends, family or a domestic abuse organization, and make a plan to leave ASAP.
If you're seeking help with an abusive spouse or boyfriend call 911 or the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline, at 1-866-331-9474. Or, visit www.loveisrespect.org from 4 pm to midnight for a live, online chat.
For more information on dating abuse, visit thesafespace.org, breakthecycle.org and loveisrespect.org.
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