Teen Dating Violence


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What is Dating Violence?

Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

A Pattern of Behavior

Calling dating violence a pattern doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

Warning Signs of Abuse

Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do
  • Pressuring or forcing you to have sex


Teen Dating Violence Resources

SHRCC Teen Dating Violence Brochure

Bullying and Harassment 

Healthy Relationships

Recognizing Teen Dating Abuse 

Drugs, Alcohol & Abuse

Teen Safety Plan 

2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll

The Connection between Dating Violence & Unhealthy Behaviors

LGBTQ Abusive Relationships

Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth

Love is Not Abuse IPhone App

Texting & Sexting

How to Talk to Teens about Dating Violence: A Guide for Parents

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