February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

What is Dating Violence?
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

A Pattern of Behavior
Calling dating violence a pattern doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

Every relationships is different, but the one thing that is common to most abusive dating relationships is that the violence escalates over time and becomes more and more dangerous for the young victim.

Who Experiences Dating Violence?
Any teen or young adult can experience violence, abuse or unhealthy behaviors in their dating relationships. A relationship may be serious or casual, monogamous or not, short-term or long-term. Dating abuse does not discriminate – it does not see gender, sexual identity, economic status, ethnicity or religious preference.

Visit www.teendvmonth.org to read up on the 10 Warning Signs of Abuse and more very important information to be aware of as you venture into the world of dating.

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