Dating Violence Prevention

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.

What is teen dating violence?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence. Here are just a few:

  • Relationship Abuse
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Relationship Violence
  • Dating Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

Read More: Understanding Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault

Dating Safety Tips

Begin with Group Dates

When going on a first date, go with a group of people, especially if it is someone you really don't know very well. The group date process gives you an opportunity to see who this person really is and are they going to treat you right and then you have an opportunity to get away if things aren't going very well.

Create A "Code Word"
Before the date, she encourages teens to set up a “code word” with their friends, so if danger is sensed you can get out of the situation. Walker says parents can also provide a perfect excuse.

Learn About Your Date
If possible, learn a little bit about the guy or girl’s relationships from family and friends.

Set Boundaries
Knowing where you “begin and end” in a relationship is important, so that you can tell someone when to stop.

Seek Help
It is important to ensure you’ve got someone you can talk to, honestly, about dating situations.

Don't isolate yourself when things are not going well in your relationships. Talk to other people about what is going on, particularly if you need help. Maybe it is a friend that has given you good advice or support. Maybe you find a teacher or your parents.

The Outrage

In partnership with the Douglas County Crisis Center, we offer The Outrage, a teen dating violence seminar for all sophomores.  The Outrage addresses healthy and unhealthy relationships. This theatrical production comes to the school during school hours and runs for 35 minutes.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Dawna McKnight



24 Hour  Domestic Violence Hotline
The Crisis Center  

24 Hour Teen Dating Violence Hotline
Love is Respect
Call: 1-866-331-9474
Text: LOVEIS TO 22522

24 Hour Crisis Line 
Colorado Crisis Services 
Text "TALK" to 38255

Mental Health Services Douglas County 
All Health Network 
For appointments: 303-730-8858

Dating Abuse Statistics
A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence
How to Talk to Teens about Dating Violence 
Is My Teen in an Unhealthy Relationship 
A healthy relationship quiz


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