In dating violence, one person tries to maintain power and control over the other through some kind of abuse. Dating violence is controlling, abusive and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination of them.
1 in 5 teens that have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.
If you are a victim of dating violence you might…
– Think it’s your fault
– Feel angry, sad, lonely, depressed or confused
– Feel helpless to stop the abuse
– Feel threatened or humiliated
– Feel anxiousNot know what might happen next
– Feel like you can’t talk to family and friends
– Be afraid of getting hurt more
– Feel protective of your boyfriend or girlfriend
Being a victim of dating violence is not your fault. Nothing you say, wear, or do gives anyone the right to hurt you. If you think you are in an abusive relationship, get help immediately. Don’t keep your concerns to yourself. Talk to someone you trust like a parent, teacher, school principal, counselor or nurse.