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What Is Teen Dating Violence?

Teen dating violence is the act or threat of violence by one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within a dating relationship. This includes any form of sexual, physical, and/or verbal or emotional abuse.

Warning Signs of Abuse

Are you going out with someone who...

  • Is jealous or possessive toward you, checks up on you, and belittles you in front of family and friends?
  • Won’t accept that you are breaking up with him/her?
  • Tries to control you, doesn’t like you being with friends, makes all the decisions, and doesn’t take your opinions seriously?
  • Scares you or threatens you?
  • Is violent, has a history of fighting or losing his/her temper, and brags about mistreating others? Destroys or damages your personal property?
  • Forces you to have sex, or is aggressive during sex?
  • Becomes too serious about the relationship too quickly?
  • Uses drugs or alcohol and tries to get you to take them, too?
  • Has a history of bad relationships, or blames you when he or she mistreats you?
  • Hits, chokes, punches, kicks, slaps, pulls your hair or physically hurts you?
  • Your family and friends have told you they were worried for your safety?

Did You Know...

  • 22% of High School students report nonsexual dating violence.
  • More than 70% of pregnant teens or female teen parents are beaten by their boyfriends.
  • Nearly one in five teenage girls who have been in a relationship report a boyfriend had threatened violence toward her or threatened to injure himself over a breakup.
  • Nationally, 9.2% of High School students report having been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Most teenage victims of dating violence report that their offender was close in age to their own.
  • 16% of Ohio High School females report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to.

What To Do When The Relationship Ends

  • Talk with your parents and friends about what you are going through so they can support and look out for you.
  • Keep spare change or a cell phone handy. In case of emergency, call 911 or your local police department.
  • Talk to school counselors. They can help change your class schedule, if necessary.
  • Avoid being alone at school and walking home alone.
  • Set up a buddy system for when you go places.

Information provided by:
Office of Criminal Justice Services
1970 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43223
1-888-448-4842

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 06:54
 


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