Dating violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious lines.Dating violence occurs in heterosexual and gay and lesbian relationships.Relationship violence can occur at school — in the hall, in the classroom, in the parking lot, on the bus or in a car, at after-school activities, at a student’s workplace, at a school dance, or at a student’s home.In teenage dating relationships, the abuse is often public with peers witnessing the abuse; however, the abuse can also occur in private.Dating violence is part of a pattern of behavior called dating abuse.It is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking.Targeted for parents, this is an examination of early warning signs and indicators of potentially abusive dating relationships.This book discusses social trends that can draw young women into controlling relationships, barriers teens face in ending abusive relationships, the psychology behind a teen abuser, and how teens can develop healthy, respectful relationships.
Dating abuse is used to gain and maintain power and control over a dating partner, and it can come in many forms: Very common.
Dating violence can occur between two people who are currently in a casual dating relationship or in a long-term serious relationship or who were formerly involved in a dating relationship.
In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other partner through abuse.
For more statistics, check out this fact sheet from Break the Cycle. Addressing early signs of abuse can prevent future violence.
Encouraging healthy relationships based on equality and respect is key. You have a right to privacy, independence, safety, and control over your body.