Teen Dating Violence
Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence happens when one person uses a pattern of behavior to gain power and control over the other person.

Dating Violence is often hidden because teenagers typically are inexperienced with dating relationships, they are pressured by peers to act violently or they may have romantic views of love. The violence is influenced by how teenagers look at themselves and others.

Dating Violence Law Barwick-Rushack Act:


Revises provisions relating to dating violence incidents to provide requirements for investigations, notice to victims, & reporting similar to those for  incidents of domestic violence &; to apply certain immunity provisions  thereto; prohibits certain willful violations of pretrial release conditions;  provides for warrant-less arrest of violators.

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Did You Know?

Unhealthy relationships behaviors often start early and lead to a life time of abuse.

Dating Violence can start as occasional outbursts between the victim and the partner that maybe interpreted as expressions of passion.

Bill of Rights

1. Disagree
2. Leave a relationship
3. Be treated as an equal
4. Be treated with respect
5. Have a healthy relationship
6. Choose and keep your friends
7. Change your mind at any time

Threats of Violence
Quick Involvement
Controlling Behavior
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Blame Others for Problems
Cruelty to Animals or Children

Double date the first few dates.
Get to know the person you are dating.
Determine how you want to be treated.
Insist that “Power” be shared equally.

1 in 4 teenagers will experience violence in dating relationships between the ages of 12 and 21.
If violence occurs once in a dating relationship, it is likely to occur again.
Young women, ages 16 to 24 years experience the highest rates of relationship violence.
Dating Violence usually takes place in the home of one of the partners.