Teen Dating Violence


What is Teen Dating Violence?

Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, physical or sexual abuse used by one partner to exert power and control over the other in a relationship where one or both partners are teenagers. Some of these abusive behaviors could include social sabotage, stalking, cyberbullying, insulting, sexual harassment, threats, coercion, or acts of physical and sexual abuse. It is reported that 1 in 3 teenagers will experience dating abuse. 

Every type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience any type of abuse in their relationship. Please reach out for help if are facing any of these behaviors in your relationship. 

Common Warning Signs of TDV

  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Constant belittling or put-downs
  • Mood swings towards you 
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Pressures you into sex or sexual acts
  • Explosive temper
  • Making false accusations 
  • Checking your cell phone or social media accounts without permission
  • Physically inflicting pain in any way
  • Telling you what you can and cannot do

Is Your Relationship Healthy?

Check out this Teen Power and Control Wheel. 


Take this quiz to figure out if you are in a healthy relationship.



National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
Phone: 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

New Hope of McDowell 24/7 Crisis Line