Dating or violence
Dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner.Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries.This also includes sexual contact with a partner who is intoxicated or drugged and unable to give clear and informed consent.The use of any technology to control, pressure, or threaten a dating partner.The abuser may also threaten to harm himself or others as a coercion technique.Physical harm caused to a victim’s person or property.Abusers use words to gain power and control over their victim, often damaging their partner’s self-esteem and emotional health.Encouraging or demanding that a partner neglect relationships with friends and family.
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But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1.5 million high school students across the US every year who experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of becoming teen dating abuse victims.
Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.
Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.