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Student Affairs - Inspiring Student Success

Dating Violence


Help A Friend

Having a friend who you believe is in an emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive relationship can be a confusing and unsettling experience. You may hope that the relationship problem will work itself out, but this is very unlikely. Tell your friend of your concern. If they confide in you that they are in an abusive relationship, it is important for you to listen and believe them. Never blame your friend for what is happening or minimize their fear of danger.

  • First, if your friend is in fear of their safety call the Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) at (504) 865-5911, or 911 if off campus. Also, TUPD can contact the appropriate university resources to assure the safety of your friend.

  • Educate yourself on dating violence. This site provides a list of Tulane University, Community, State and National resources (including hotlines) that you can access for information and guidance. Many of these resources provide suggestions on how to help a friend who is being abused, such as the Red Flag Campaign.

  • It’s a good idea to be familiar with the resources that are available and to be prepared to offer specific campus resources that are available. You can recommend that they speak with a counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (504) 314-2277, the Coordinator of the Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services, or an officer with the Tulane University Police Department.

Remember, helping a friend can be stressful so it is important to take care of your own emotional health. One way of doing that is to access the counselors at CAPS. Also, if you have additional question or concerns please contact Julia Broussard, Coordinator of the Office of Violence Prevention and Support Services at (504) 314-2161 or

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188