Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.Calling dating violence a pattern doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.
A relationship may be serious or casual, monogamous or not, short-term or long-term.
Dating abuse does not discriminate — it does not see gender, sexual identity, economic status, ethnicity or religious preference.
Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner.
This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on Facebook or other social media.
Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.
It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.
If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help.
Visit loveisrespect for more information, chat with a peer advocate online, call 866.331.9474 or text “loveis” to 77054.