It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.In fact, 1 in 10 female high-schoolers say they have been physically abused by a dating partner in the past year.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.
Keep in mind that if you sometimes hit your partner first, you can get help learning how to stop.
Talk to a mental health professional, like a school counselor, or a doctor or nurse.
VAWC in collaboration with the NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board have compiled Teen Dating Violence Factsheets for Educators and Community members.
A safe and civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards.You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.Teenage girls in physically abusive relationships are much more likely than other girls to become pregnant.Abuse can get worse during pregnancy, and it can harm the baby growing inside you.Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.