Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.
80% of teens report knowing someone their age that has experienced controlling behaviors from a partner.
Every relationship is different and individuals may experience different warning signs of abuse. Physical violence does not have to occur for a relationship to be abusive.
Teen dating violence is a pattern of behavior used to gain and maintain power and control over a current or previous dating partner.
Not all abusive relationships look the same and abusive behaviors exist in different forms, including; verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, financial, and cyber/digital.
Teen dating violence can affect anyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, sexuality, gender identity, or any other social identity.