Dating Violence

The key to avoiding abusive dating relationships is being aware of warning signs of abuse and understanding components of healthy relationships. Dating violence may be hard to identify at first because it usually starts with simple teasing or other behavior that can be explained away as “normal” to dating relationships (being controlling of your time, getting overly jealous, etc.). But unhealthy behaviors like this simply set the stage for more serious abuse. Unhealthy relationships can start early and can last a lifetime so please be wary of the warning signs.

Most people are unaware of how frequently teens experience dating violence.

Statistics show 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

 1 in 3 adolescents is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

Dating violence is a real phenomenon happening in every high school. But what is it exactly? Dating violence is any act by one person in a dating relationship that injures their dating partner physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or sexually; and includes stalking. Dating violence occurs in person or electronically; and between current or former dating partners. Dating violence occurs everywhere and to all kinds of people and often escalates over time. Alcohol and drugs do not cause dating violence and dating violence is never the victim’s fault.

If you or someone you know may be a victim of dating violence, please reach out and get help immediately.

Warning Signs/Behaviors

  • Explosive temper.
  • Controlling of your time and freedom.
  • Constantly checking your cell phone without permission.
  • Making extreme false accusations.
  • Bullying, harassment, intimidation, or stalking.