You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.
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Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
, like domestic violence, is a pattern of coercive control that one person uses over someone with whom they are in an intimate relationship.
The abusive person, or batterer, uses physical violence, sexual violence, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, threats, and money to control their partner.It can include emotional, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse.In most cases of TDV, violence is used to get another to do what he/she wants, to gain power and control, to cause humiliation and to promote fear, and to retaliate against a partner (Foshee & Langwick, 2010).Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.Dating violence can cause serious harm to your body and your emotions. Return to top In the United States, teens and young women experience the highest rates of relationship violence.An article published by the National Institute of Justice discusses current research on TDV and concludes that there are three key differences between adult and teen dating relationships: Because the dynamics of intimate partner abuse are different in adolescent and adult relationships, it is important not to apply an adult framework of intimate partner violence to teen dating violence. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reject the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.