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What is dating violence?

Dating violence is emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse within a dating relationship or on a date. It is a serious issue that it is important for you and your teen to be aware of. Often teens who experience dating violence will experience abuse in their adult relationships as well. That is why it's so important to deal with it if it does happen.

Emotional abuse can include belittling, name-calling, threats, and controlling when and where the dating partner goes and whom the dating partner sees or talks to.


Physical abuse can include hair pulling, kicking, scratching, slapping, pinching, punching, choking, objects being thrown at the victim, and being threatened with a weapon.


Sexual abuse includes coercing or forcing a partner to perform any sexual act against their will or having a sexual act performed on them against their will. This includes sexual intercourse, fondling, touching of genitals, oral and anal sex.

For more information see Dating Violence and Your Teen.




Diane G. Kuschel, Former Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension





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