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Dating violence signs

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?

The abuser may call the victim frequently during the day, drop by unexpectedly, refuse to let the victim work, check the car mileage, or ask friends to watch the victim.

In the beginning an abuser will attribute controlling behavior to concern for the victim (for example, the victim's safety or decision-making skills).

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

“For example, demanding to know where someone is at all times, touching or pinching parts of someone's body in public when they’ve made it clear it’s unwanted, or controlling what type of clothes someone wears—these are all abusive behaviors that violate someone’s boundaries.” The laws about sexual violence and dating violence vary by state and situation.

Christopher, "Romance and Violence in Dating Relationships," Journal of Family Issues 4, no.

Report on Recognizing, Fighting and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape (New York: Harper and Row, 1988). Carol Sousa, "The Dating Violence Intervention Project," in Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger, ed.

Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive.