Dating Violence

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling. These behaviors are often thought to be a "normal" part of a relationship. But these behaviors can set the stage for more serious violence like physical assault and rape. 

Dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence. Here are just a few:

  •   Relationship Abuse
  •   Intimate Partner Violence
  •   Relationship Violence
  •   Dating Abuse
  •   Domestic Abuse
  •   Domestic Violence

Follow the links below to learn more about dating violence, resources, and prevention.