What is Dating Violence?
Dating violence is the use of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal force by one dating partner towards the other. Abuse can cause injury and even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can take many different forms, including threats, constant text messaging or instant messaging, insults, isolation from family and friends, sexual abuse, name-calling, emotional abuse, and controlling a partner’s behavior and appearance.
Did You Know?
To have a PADV staff member provide a dating violence presentation for you or your students, please contact us at Outreach@padv.org
Teen Dating Violence - Teens
What would you do if you thought your friend was in an abusive relationship?
Most of the time, violence in a relationship occurs when the couple is alone. You might not see dramatic warning signs like black eyes and broken bones. So how can you tell for sure?
Your Friend’s Partner Uses Put-downs and Name-calling to Make Your Friend Feel Bad
if Your Friend Is Talking to Someone of the Opposite Sex, Her/his Partner Gets Extremely Jealous, Even When It’s Completely Innocent
Your Friend Apologizes for Her/his Partner’s Behavior and Makes Up Excuses About Their Behavior or Attitude
Your Friend Frequently Cancels Plans at the Last Minute for Reasons That Sound Untrue
Your Friend’s Partner Is Always Checking Up on Her/him. Your Friend Constantly Gets Phone Calls, Text Messages, IMS, and E-mails From Her/his Partner Demanding to Know Where They Are and Who They’ve Been With
You’ve Seen Your Friend’s Partner Lose Their Temper, Maybe Even Break or Hit Things When They’re Mad
Your Friend Is Always Worried About Upsetting or Angering Their Partner
Your Friend Starts Becoming More Isolated and Stops Participating in Activities That They Used to Enjoy Regularly
Your Friend’s Weight, Appearance, or Grades Have Changed Dramatically. These Could Be Signs of Depression, Which Could Indicate Abuse
Your Friend Has Injuries That Can’t Be Explained, or the Explanations Don’t Make Sense
What You Can Do to Help
Talking with a friend in an abusive relationship can make a big difference to them – whether they are being abused or being abusive. Sometimes, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to say it, especially if you’ve never dealt with this issue before, so here are some tips...
When Talking to Your Friend:
When Talking to Your Friend, Do Not:
Teen Dating Violence - Parents
What Are the Signs?
Sometimes these signs are a part of being a teenager, but when these changes happen suddenly or without any explanation, there might be cause for concern.
Teen Dating Violence
We are excited to announce our new resource to the greater Atlanta Community. Our new Micro lessons Toolkit is designed to give adults a discussion guide for having a conversation about dating violence topics with a young person.
This guide is designed to give you and your teen a “road map” to having conversations on the different aspects of healthy relationships. There are activities, resources, and tools included with every release. We will be releasing these lessons every month, and we hope that parents, teachers or any adults that serve teens use this powerful tool in helping end teen dating violence.