The way dating violence is often portrayed in the media suggests acts of physical and sexual violence.

That’s one part of dating violence—but in dating and intimate partner relationships, sexual violence is often an escalated act that follows other acts of emotional or physical abuse. And it doesn’t look the same for every relationship,” said Brian Pinero, RAINN’s vice president of Victim Services.

With dating violence, early warning signs often begin with behaviors that are not physically violent.

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Identifying these early signs of abuse may provide a chance for a person at risk to exit a relationship safely before further harm occurs. “The answer to the question, ‘What does dating violence look like?

’ isn’t so straightforward—and that’s what can make it difficult to spot.” The warning signs for dating violence can be similar to warning signs for sexual assault and abuse.

Break The Cycle : explains the cycle of violence and answers the question, "What is dating violence?

" ACADV : includes a Dating Bill of Rights and safety planning.

It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.

The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.

Dating violence may be physical, emotional/verbal or sexual.

Highlighted below are some important myths and facts about dating violence: One third of teens age 13 to 18 have been involved in a physically abusive relationship. Thats Not Cool : videos, callout cards, talk it out forum, help and information for teens regarding unhealthy or abusive relationships.

Less than 3 percent reported the incident to an authority figure such as a teacher, police officer or counselor. No Means Know : facts, warning signs, getting help, helping others and healthy dating relationships.