The abuser typically shows jealousy of other relationships and monopolizes the victim’s time so that they can’t engage in healthy relationships with others.
They usually keep track of all of the victim’s actions and conversations.
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Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.
Our positive approach to prevention gives students the knowledge and awareness to avoid or seek help for dating violence.
Dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner.
Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries.
This includes hitting, slapping, shoving, kicking, hair pulling, biting, throwing things, choking, and any use of a weapon against a victim.
Any sexual contact that is not 100% consensual, including any type of pressure or coercion that leads to sexual activity, oral sex, touching or kissing that is unwanted by the victim.
This includes hacking a partner’s email account or going through their phone to keep track of who they’re talking to, harassing or threatening via social media, pressuring a girlfriend or sext, or sending repeated and unwanted calls or text messages.