Independence House Teens
A dedicated program of Independence House, Inc., Cape Cod’s leading housing resource, counseling and advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence
Promoting safe and healthy relationships
The Independence House Teen Program
Teens experience many issues during their transition into adulthood. Because of teens’ unique phase in life, Independence House offers services tailored for teens/tweens who have witnessed domestic violence in their homes, are survivors of sexual violence/assault, or are involved in dating relationships characterized by unhealthy interaction or violence.
Many adolescents receiving services at Independence House are seeking help with teen dating violence. Studies indicate that 1 in 3 teens experience some form of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse, and that 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. *
(*Break the Cycle)
The percentage of teens in an abusive relationship who share about the abuse
Estimated U.S. High School girls and boys who admit to being physically hurt by a dating partner annually
Some Warning Signs of Abuse
- Individual counseling
- age-appropriate teen support groups
- crisis intervention
- assessment and referrals
- education and information about digital safety
- prevention and education opportunities
Reach out to us by any of the methods listed below. If you feel you are in immediate danger, we urge you to call 911.
How to find us
There are many ways to reach out to a teen counselor 24-hours a day.
Secure Live Chat-
in the yellow bubble on this website:
Chat securely with a teen counselor
and Friday 9:00am-5:00pm.
during Independence House business hours.
any hour of the day, any day of the week.
Walk ins available at:
Hyannis, Falmouth and Orleans offices
during business hours
(Provincetown by appointment only)
Hyannis Main Office
160 Bassett Lane
HYannis, MA 02601
220 Main St. 2nd fl. Suite 200
Falmouth, MA 02540
(near Falmouth Library)
(parking available in rear)
Mon & Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Tues. & Thurs. 9:00am-7:00pm
5 Namskaket Rd. Unit 1
(enter on Child’s Homestead)
Orleans, MA 02653
Mon & Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Tues. & Thurs. 11:00am-7:00pm
2 Mayflower Ct.
Provincetown, MA 02657
All sessions in Provincetown are by appointment only
MassRelay TTY and ASCII
English 800-720-3480 • Spanish 866-930-9252
Once connected with a relay operator, you will be prompted with “NUMBERS PLS GA” meaning the operator is ready for
you to input the phone number you want to call. After inputting the number, type GA to indicate to go-ahead.
Independence House is a LGBTQIA+ Safe Space. Independence House is accessible to all people, ages 5+, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all cultures, all languages, all abilities and all disabilities.
Teen Dating Bill of Rights**
- To always be treated with respect
- To be in a healthy relationship
- To not be hurt physically or emotionally
- Abuse is never deserved and is never your fault
- To refuse sex or affection at any time
- To not have sex
- To have friends & activities apart from boyfriend or girlfriend
- To end a relationship
(**Love is Respect)
Do you have a friend who you’re concerned is in an unhealthy relationship?
Do you have questions about how to be a support to him/her?
You’re already on the right track by looking into ways to support your friend.
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