What is teen dating violence?

  • Teen dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.   RISD Board Policy FFH (Local) states that dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control the other person in the relationship

    Signs of abuse

    • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
    • Constantly putting you down
    • 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

    How to help:

    • Believe your friend’s story
    • Make sure they are safe
    • Let them know they don’t deserve to be abused
    • Ask them lots of questions to get them to think about the problem.
    • Ask them what their options are and what they can do. (Stay, leave, talk to partner, get advice)
    • Let them know that abuse almost always gets worse in a relationship if ignored.  If the abuse is to stop, the person being abused has to be willing to take actions to end it.
    • Encourage them to get help

    Community Resources:

    • Call 911 in an emergency
    • Counselors, Nurses or other school personnel
    • Women in Need – 102 South 1st Street  Rockwall, TX 75087;  (972) 772-3000
    • National Teen Dating Hotline – 1-800-799-7233