Youth &Teens

What is Dating Violence & why we are doing something about it?
Definition: The physical, psychological/emotional, or sexual abuse within a dating relationship.


Know the Warning Signs — Red flags for Teen Dating Violence

  • Suspicious bruises, scratches, or other injuries
  • Failing grades
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that was once enjoyable
  • Excuses their dating partner’s behavior
  • Avoidance of friends and social events
  • Fearfulness around their dating partner

Excuses for relationship abuse/ violence may sound something like this:

  • “It is not violence.”
  • “I was just joking!”
  • “I was having a bad day.”
  • “Jealousy is a normal part of any relationship.”
  • “You got me upset or angry.”
  • “It just happened once.
  • “It won’t happen again.”
  • “I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
  • “I should be more important than your friends.”
  • “You deserved it.”

Dating abuse can also cause longer term problems:

  • Depression
  • Suicide attempts
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Risky sexual behavior
  • Medical problems
  • Lifetime impact on well-being
  • Future problems in relationships

Resources:

  • Be safe, get info, & get a plan!
  • If you see abuse happening-
    • Call for more information 2-1-1 or
      800-799-SAFE (7233)
    • For crisis or emergency situations call 9-1-1.

Also online chat with www.RAINN.org