Crime Victims

Dating Violence

What is Dating Violence?

The term “dating violence” is violence committed by a person against another person with whom he or she has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.  The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the length of the relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. 

How do I know if I am in a violent relationship?

● Dating violence includes one or more of the following:

● Physical Abuse – hitting, choking, pushing, threats of physical violence and more.

● Emotional Abuse – constant threats, criticism, jealous behavior and trying to isolate you from friends and family.

● Sexual Abuse – sexual assault, pressure to perform sex acts, and sexual harassment.

What to do:

● Report incidents of abuse to the police.

● Document all incidents of abuse.

● Photograph all marks, bruises or any other type of injuries.

● Alert family and friends of the abuse.

● Seek counseling.