One in four adolescents reports physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse by a dating partner each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dating violence often starts with small acts, like teasing and name-calling.
People often think that these actions are a "normal" part of relationships.
Even behaviors that seem small can lead to more serious violence, like physical assault and rape.
Abusers often use physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, harassment, or stalking to control their boyfriend's or girlfriend's behavior. When you interact with a romantic partner, friend, or your child, make sure to show respect and appreciation for that person.
If your child grows up seeing what healthy relationships look like, he or she may be less likely to abuse a dating partner, or to stay in an abusive relationship.
Dating abuse is the use of abusive behaviors by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate or control a current or former dating partner.
Dating abuse can include, but is not limited to, physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Dating abuse is a widespread problem -- nationally, up to 40 percent of teens have been in abusive relationships and of those that have, 43 percent experienced abuse while at school.
Several states now require school districts to adopt policies on dating abuse among students, which include providing dating abuse education to students and/or protecting targets of dating abuse while they are on campus.