The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.
Abuse can occur regardless of the couple's age, race, income, or other demographic traits.
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Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.
Welcome to Do Something.org, a global movement of 6 million young people making positive change, online and off! Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.The 24-hour service is available at at 1-866-331-9474, or by texting "loveis" to 22522.It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.