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1 Dating Violence – What is it?

2 Teens and Dating High school is a time when students begin to figure out the kind of person they are attracted to. At the same time, teens are learning about how relationships work— ◦ What do I want out of this relationship?

3 Teens and Dating It’s kind of like when actors want a part in a movie…they audition to show that they are a good fit for the role. When you date someone, you should be looking for the traits that you find important in someone you’d want to commit to.

4 What makes a relationship healthy? Communication ◦ If you can’t talk honestly with someone you care about, do you really have a relationship? Trust ◦ The person you are dating should be someone you feel the most comfortable to be around. A good relationship makes you feel loved and cared about!

5 When is a relationship unhealthy or abusive? When the relationship you are in is really more about power and control than caring and sharing that is a huge warning sign. Where is the line between love and control? ◦ (Click on link and play) This could potentially result in dating violence.

6 Warning Signs of an unhealthy relationship: Checking your cell phone or without permission. Constant put-downs. Extreme jealousy or insecurity. Explosive temper. Isolating you from family or friends. Making false accusations. Mood swings. Physically hurting you in any way. Possessiveness. Telling you what to do.

7 Dating Violence Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, and kicking. Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking. Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity---being forced to have sex, including rape and coercion (“I’ll break up with you if you won’t have sex with me.”) Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex- dating partner (ex. “sexting” or posting on Facebook).

8 Dating Violence – Video Dating violence can start very gradually and get worse over time. Does this video remind you of something you’ve seen? Maybe right here at school? ◦ (Click on link and play) ◦ It’s not okay!

9 What can you do? Are you in an abusive relationship? Find out by taking an online quiz: ◦ abusers-change-quiz abusers-change-quiz Talk to someone ◦ Trusted friend, teacher, counselor, or family member Seek resources to help ◦ Loveisrespect.org ◦ Live chat for support (peer advocate) 


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