Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors one partner uses to exert power and control over a dating partner among adolescents. Like adult domestic violence, dating violence occurs in all groups regardless of socioeconomic status, sex, race, age, religion, gender, educational background and sexual orientation. Here are some types of abuse:

Types of Abuse

Emotional Abuse/Verbal Abuse

Non-physical behavior such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking-in”, excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation or isolation.

Stalking

Being repeatedly watched, followed, or harassed.

Physical Abuse

Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.

Sexual Abuse

Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including restricting access to birth control or condoms.

Digital Abuse

The use of technology such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated through technology.

Warning Signs

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in a way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do

Are you in a healthy relationship?

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