What Does Dating Violence Look Like?
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults. This can include:
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.
Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner. This could include demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on Facebook or other social media.
- Text taken from Love Is Respect
Dating violence happens at nearly 3x the national average for females ages 16-24. There is more we can do to prevent this. Talk about what's happening. If you see an opportunity as a bystander to intervene or say something (that is safe for you), consider doing something. Whether it's calling security, telling an RA, intervening in a safe manner, or simply being supportive and caring-- that is doing more than you realize. Being an active and supportive bystander can save a life. To learn more about what to do in these situations, read on at Love is Respect.