Ways to prevent dating violence
Any sexual activity that is without your consent is rape or sexual assault.
Staying in an abusive relationship can have long-lasting effects on your mental and physical health, including chronic pain and depression or anxiety. Abusive partners may also pressure you into having unprotected sex or prevent you from using birth control.
Dating violence or abuse often starts with emotional and verbal abuse.
The person may start calling you names, constantly checking on you, or demanding your time.
If a male partner refuses to wear a condom, get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It can happen on a first date, or once you’ve fallen deeply in love. Learn the signs of dating violence or abuse and how to get help.
All material contained on these pages are free of copyright restrictions and may be copied, reproduced, or duplicated without permission of the Office on Women’s Health in the U. Dating violence is physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a romantic or sexual partner.
Dating violence includes: Digital abuse is a type of abuse that uses technology, especially texting or social media.
Whether you are a parent, a friend, or a teen yourself – knowing about the violence that can occur during teen dating, as well as the signs of abuse, can help save a life.
Or you may think that getting pregnant will stop the abuse. It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about types of birth control you can use.
If you are concerned about your partner knowing or becoming aware of your birth control use, talk to your doctor. Dating violence is when someone you are seeing romantically harms you in some way, whether it is physically, sexually, emotionally, or all three.
Dating violence includes: None of the behavior described above is OK.
Even if your partner does only a few of these things, it’s still abuse.More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.