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.
Some signs of teen dating abuse include: No excuses It is never okay for someone to hit you or be cruel to you.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.
You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.
But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.
It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
In fact, 1 in 10 female high-schoolers say they have been physically abused by a dating partner in the past year.
Learn more about leaving an abusive dating relationship.
Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.
Dating violence includes: Dating violence often starts with emotional abuse.