Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence is
Common Among Teenagers

Teen Dating Violence can be physical, emotional, sexual:

Teen Dating Violence is abuse by a person in your family that you would with now or have lived with in the past or someone you have a child with.

  •  Physical violence - hitting, slapping, punching, burning, etc.
  •  Emotional/verbal abuse - threats, name calling, put-downs
  •  Neglect - not giving sufficient food, clothing or healthcare

There are Victim Advocates that care about you and want to help.

  •  For help, call the Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline (352) 622-8495
  •  Ocala Police Department’s Victim Advocates at (352) 369-7139
       or 369-7134
  •  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate (352) 369-6762
  •  MCSO Crisis Intervention Specialists (352) 732-9111

Schedule A Presentation

Just email us at monica@breakthesilenceonviolence.org
to schedule a Domestic Violence Presentation

Are You Being Abused

Does the person you love... (check the box that apply to you)

  • Make you feel afraid?
  • Threaten to hurt you or your family?
  • Destroy personal property or things that are
       special to you?
  • Blame his or her anger on something you did
        or did not do?
  • Try to prevent you from working or attending
  • Blame his or her anger on something you did
        or did not do?
  • Hit, punch, slap, kick, bite you or prevent you
        from leaving the room?
  • Gets angry easily when drinking or using drugs?
  • Uses or threatens to use a weapon against you?
  • Make you take your cell phone with you so he/she
       can reach you at all times?
  • Criticize you for little things?
  • Punch holes in the wall or use force to scare you?
  • Constantly accuse you of liking someone else?
  • Force you to have sex against your will?
  • Make you witness domestic violence at home?

Know the Signs

  • You are inexperienced with dating relationships
  • You are pressured by peers to act violently
  • You want independence from parents
  • You have romantic views of love

  • Determine your limits and values
  • Respect the limits of others
  • Communicate clearly and honestly

You have the right to:
  • Disagree
  • Leave a relationship
  • Be treated as equal
  • Be treated with respect
  • Have a healthy relationship
  • Choose and keep your friends
  • Change your mind at any time

Dating Advice for Teenagers

Most First Dates Can Go Great!

  • Date people you know and trust
  • Be extra careful about meeting people online
  • Talk to your parents
  • Know your limits and communicate them
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Get out, don't hang out
Even if you know your partner is charming and sweet at first,
look out for signs that he/she might be abusive such as:
  1. Extreme jealousy
  2. Controlling behavior
  3. Explosive anger or mood swings
  4. Isolates you from family and friends
  5. Verbal abuse
  6. Use threats of harm against you or your family
  7. Cruelty towards animals and children
  8. Blaming others for problems

Teen Dating Violence Can Be: