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For many, dating may be casual fun. For others, it might be more serious. Either way, it should be a healthy experience. Sadly, sometimes, dating can take an ugly turn.
Nearly 43% of college women say they’ve experienced violence and abusive dating behavior. One in six report they’ve been sexually abused. Thinking about the dark side of dating isn’t romantic. Still, being informed is key to your safety and well-being.
Teens and young adults may experience one or more types of dating abuse.
Physical abuse includes hitting, slapping and other harmful physical contact.
Emotional and verbal abuse includes insults, threats, monitoring, stalking, humiliation and seclusion.
Digital abuse uses texting, social media and other technologies to harass, threaten, scare or guilt individuals into staying in a relationship.
Sexual abuse pressures or forces individuals into sex.
Here are five ways you can help fend off the physical and emotional harms of dating abuse.
If you need support, call the Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.ndvh.org.
To reach the Helpline, call 1-866-331-9474, text “loveis” to 22522 or chat online at loveisrespect.org.
Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship. A good relationship is built on trust and honest communication. It respects each person and their boundaries. Both partners are supportive and willing to compromise.
Are you worried your relationship may be unhealthy? Take this quiz from Loveisrespect.
Originally published 10/22/2015; Revised 2017, 2020, 2023
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