One in five teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship. If you are experiencing this, you are in an abusive relationship. There is help. Both boys and girls can be victims of dating violence, and both boys and girls can commit dating violence. Nothing you say, wear, or do gives anyone the right to hurt you physically or emotionally. Being a victim of dating violence is not your fault. Abusers make a choice to use this behavior.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines teen dating violence as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner.
Teen dating violence can present itself in many different ways.
Here are warning signs of dating abuse:
If you are being abused, you might...
THESE ARE NORMAL REACTIONS TO BEING ABUSED.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, here are some tips to help keep yourself safer:
If you think someone you know may
be an abuser, you can help.
Teen dating violence can happen anywhere. If you know someone is being abused, please refer to the Resources section for information on who to contact for help.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911.
Love is Not Abuse - loveisnotabuse.com
Love is Respect - 866.331.9474 - loveisrespect.org
National Center for Victims of Crime - 800.FYI.CALL - www.ncvc.org
Teen Dating Violence - teendvmonth.org
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