Dating violence is part of a pattern of behavior called dating abuse.
It is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking.
Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.
At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.
The Washington State Attorney General's office already has a number of resources available to help, including: Schools, parents, teachers, and community organizations all can help identify dating violence and provide support for abuse victims.
But teens themselves must also learn how to reach out and help friends who are victims of relationship abuse.
Dating violence is a serious and common type of abuse that affects people of all backgrounds.