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.Just Say YES speakers connect with middle and high school students through their own personal stories, the latest research and practical, relevant steps to get help.
They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.
The abuser may also threaten to harm himself or others as a coercion technique.
Physical harm caused to a victim’s person or property.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
When unchecked, abusive behaviors typically escalate as an abuser gets older, making it essential for teens to get help at the first sign of abuse.
Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.