Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating ViolenceTeen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week was February 5-9, 2007

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Dating violence (or relationship abuse) is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend.
It can occur in both casual dating situations and serious, long-term relationships, homosexual and heterosexual relationships.

Dating violence can take many forms. Abuse isn't just hitting.
It can include:
>>> yelling,
>>> threatening,
>>> name calling,
>>> saying "I'll kill you or myself if you leave me,"
>>> obsessive phone calling, texting, or paging, and/or
>>> extreme possessiveness.

You may experience dating violence even if you are not being physically abused.

Your safety is most important- make a safety plan now! How can I stay safe from an abusive dating partner?

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE IS AN EPIDEMIC!

One-third of teens report experiencing some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse.

Young women ages 16 to 24 are the most likely to be victims of dating violence.
Are you in an unhealthy relationship?

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM ABUSE

You have legal rights!
Dating violence can violate Texas's criminal laws (like the law against assault)
AND
You may be able to access civil remedies (like a protective order).
What is a Dating Violence Protective Order?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Find out more about this issue
What are the facts and statistics about Teen Dating Violence?
Where else can I learn about Teen Dating Violence?

AND how you can help!
How can I help a friend in an abusive dating relationship?