Harassment is when someone does something repeatedly over time that causes the victim to fear for their safety.
No physical injury needs to occur for something to be considered harassment. Experiencing violence in relationships during the teenage years can also lead to experiences of further violence in their adult life; some reports suggest that teenaged victims may be up to 3 times more likely to be victimized in their adult lives.
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
This abuse/violence can take a number of forms: sexual assault, sexual harassment, threats, physical violence, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse, social sabotage, and stalking.
It can include psychological abuse, emotional blackmail, sexual abuse, physical abuse and psychological manipulation.
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.
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.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
argues that while men inflict the greater share of injuries in domestic violence, researchers and society at large must not overlook the substantial minority of injuries inflicted by women.