Teen Dating Violence

No one deserves to be in an abusive situation and it is never your fault. There is no excuse for violence!

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 of all or some of these.  Dating abuse can happen to both males and females, gay or straight, young or old, rich or poor.

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  • 35% of Chaffee County High School Students surveyed in 2010 reported knowing someone who is a victim of dating violence.
  • 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.

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.

1 in 3 teens will experience abuse in their dating relationships.

1 in 5 teens in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.


Types of Abuse


Emotional abuse includes: repeated lying and breaking promises, withholding affection, giving the silent treatment, exhibiting extreme jealousy, keeping you away from family friends or interests, insulting and putting you down, threats, controlling your every move (how to dress, what to eat, where to go, who to see, etc.).


Physical abuse includes: unwanted tickling or hugging, wrestling and pinning you down, punching, kicking, shaking, slapping and attack with a weapon.


Sexual abuse includes: unwanted sexual advance or contact, unwanted sexual comments, unwanted kissing, refusal to stop unwanted intercourse (this is called 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 joining a support group or seek counseling.  We can help you with this – Contact Us.

Abusive relationships get worse as times goes on.

Some helpful websites

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