Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.The Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence describes abusers as being obsessively jealous and possessive, overly confident, having mood swings or a history of violence or temper, seeking to isolate their partner from family, friends and colleagues, and having a tendency to blame external stressors.
Approximately 1 in 10 teenagers reports being physically or sexually victimized by a dating partner, and too many other victims do not report it.
Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media.
Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives.
Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.
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.
My Administration is working diligently to address teen dating violence in a number of ways.