About Abuse

Information for Teens

Updated: 
December 29, 2015

What is dating violence?

Dating violence (or relationship abuse) is a pattern of over-controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend. You may experience dating violence even if you are not being physically abused.  Dating violence can take many forms, including mental/emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, and more.  You can read about these different forms of abuse on our domestic violence page.  Dating violence can occur in both casual dating situations and serious, long-tem relationships.