No one deserves to be in
an abusive situation and
it is never your fault.
There is no excuse for
Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors used to
exert power and control over a dating partner and can be verbal, emotional,
physical, sexual or a combination. Dating
abuse can happen to both males and females, gay or straight.
35% of Chaffee County High School Students surveyed in 2010 reported knowing someone who is a victim of
9% of Chaffee County High School Students surveyed in 2010 reported
being a victim of dating violence.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to
women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the US-more than rapes, muggings,
and auto accidents combined.1
Nearly one in 10 high school students will experience
physical violence from someone they’re going out with. Even more teens will
experience verbal or emotional abuse during the relationship.2
1 in 3 teens will
experience abuse in their dating relationships.3
1 in 5 teens in a serious relationship report
being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.4
TYPES OF ABUSE:
repeated lies and broken promises, withholding affection, giving the silent
treatment, extreme jealousy, keeps you away from family friends or interests,
insults and put downs, threats, controlling your every move (how to dress, what
to eat, where to go, who to see, etc.)
unwanted tickling or hugging, wrestling and pinning you down, punching, kicking,
shaking, & slapping attack with a weapon
unwanted sexual advance or contact, unwanted sexual comments, unwanted kissing,
refusal to stop unwanted intercourse (this is called DATE RAPE)
IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE
RELATIONSHIP, GET HELP!
If you have been physically
harmed, get medical attention and inform your parent(s) or an adult you trust.
If you fear you are in danger,
seek shelter and call the police or sheriff’s department.
Talk with a friend, crisis hot
line, mental health center, or with someone from a Domestic Violence Agency.
Consider a support group or
ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS GET
WORSE AS TIME GOES ON.
LEARN MORE ABOUT…
Teen Power & Control Wheel
Dating Bill of Rights
Not sure if your relationship is abusive? Take this Quiz!
How to Reduce Dating Violence
Resources for Parents of Teens and Tweens
OTHER HELPFUL SITES:
1. Surgeon General, United States, 1992
2. APA: “Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt Teens”, March 2002
3. Davis, Antoinette, MPH. 2008. Interpersonal and Physical
Dating Violence among Teens. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Focus. Available at: http://www.nccdrc.org/nccd/pubs/Dating%20Violence%20Among%20Teens.pdf.
4. Liz Claiborne Inc. Topline Findings,Teen Relationship Abuse
Survey (Conducted March 2006) Available at:http://www.loveisrespect.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/liz-claiborne-2006-relationship-abuse-hotsheet.pdf]