Dating and relationship violence
Preventing Dating Violence Dating violence can happen to any teen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, or whether or not they have experience with dating.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself.
It's vital that you learn to recognize a healthy relationship from a harmful one.
"The ABCs of Healthy Relationships" includes skill-building activities and value clarification exercises to help you develop healthy relationships.
In fact, many women who've escaped abusive relationships swear to themselves that they will never get into another one, only to find themselves becoming victims of abuse once again.
It's easier to avoid an abusive relationship if you're able to detect the early signs.
A path to a safer, healthier and happier life often starts with a bit of knowledge.
We provide supportive, ongoing counseling services for the duration of your recovery from mental or physical violence or abuse.
We listen without judgement and we work with you to develop healthy coping skills when respond to challenging situations.
In order to stay in charge, teens need to make conscious choices about relationships, understand what they expect from other people, and have open communication with partners about intimate issues.
They need to be clear on the healthy and unhealthy components of their relationships.
The abuser says, "You make me angry" instead of "I'm angry." "I wouldn't get so pissed off if you wouldn't..."playful" force during sex. He will use vulnerable points about your past or current life against you.12. He expects you to serve, obey and remain at home.13. He switches from loving to angry in a matter of minutes.14. He admits to hitting women in the past, but states that they or the situation brought it on.15. He makes statements such as, "I'll break your neck," but then dismisses it with "I really didn't mean it."If you've experienced domestic violence in the past, you may benefit from this article, "Healing From Trauma With EFT." If you need help, or protection, to get out or stay out of an abusive relationship, get in touch with your local (The) Women's Center, or search their main site at The Woman's Center.