What does dating violence look like?
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, or a combination.
An abusive boyfriend/girlfriend (partner) may:
- Insult, belittle or humiliate their partner in public
- Tell their partner how to dress
- Require their partner to constantly check in
- Keep their partner from participating in activities
- Force their partner to be with them all time
- Coerce their partner into sexual activity
- Physically harm their partner
Someone being abused may:
- Stop participating in things they used to enjoy
- Worry about making their partner angry
- Withdraw and become isolated
- Have unexplained injuries
- Lose a lot of weight
- Start to do poorly in school
Incidence of Teen Dating Violence
Approximately 1 in 5 high school girls reports being abused by a boyfriend, and 40% of girls ages 14-17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
50-80% of teens report knowing someone involved in a violent relationship. In fact, physical aggression occurs in approximately one third of teen dating relationships.
Date rape accounts for almost 70% of the sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college age women (38% of those women are between 14 and 17 years old).
Who Can Help
- Crisis hotlines or campus helplines
- Sexual assault or domestic violence programs, counselors, and support groups
- University and college health centers
If you or someone you know may be experiencing dating violence or abuse, please call HAVIN.
All services are free and confidential.
Information provided by The National Center for Victims of Crime.