What is Dating Violence?
Dating/Relationship violence can be physical, sexual or emotional in nature.
Emotional Abuse: Insults, name-calling, yelling, threats, humiliation, isolation.
Physical Abuse: Hitting, pinching, shoving, restraining, destroying property, choking.
Sexual Abuse: Rape, sexual abuse, coercion or manipulation of a partner to engage in sexual conduct.
Who is Affected by Dating Violence?
Dating violence occurs in all types of relationships. Victims and abusers come from all racial, gender, sex, socio-economic, ethnic, and religious groups. Most victims of abuse are female, and most abusers are male. However, men can be victims and women can be abusers. A number of reported cases involve same sex relationships as well.
How Big a Problem is Dating Violence?
Every 15 seconds a women is beaten by her partner. This results in 1 in 10 teenagers experiencing abuse, and 4 million incidents a year. Many more go unreported each year. Dating violence is a statistical problem, but more important is the realization that for victims of abuse it could be the biggest problem of their lives.