Danger Zone…Teen Dating Violence

February 2, 2010

WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DATING VIOLENCE?

Dating violence isn’t an argument every once in a while, or a bad mood after a bad day.

Dating violence (or relationship abuse) is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend.

Abuse can cause injury or even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse—constant insults, isolation from friends and family, name calling, controlling what someone wears—and it can also include sexual abuse.

It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter what race or religion they are, no matter what their level of education or economic background. Dating violence also occurs in same-sex relationships.

Take care and STAY SAFE!

Love Is Not Abuse-Liz Claiborne

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