“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.
The following information is not a legal guide or an exhaustive list—rather it’s a general list of early warning signs for behaviors that are, or could become, violent.
Feature Article Stephanie Mc Ghee, former Graduate Student, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri Researchers who study teen dating violence have identified several early warning signs that a dating relationship might be likely to turn violent.
These warning signs do not mean a relationship will definitely turn violent.
Sources: Eastside Domestic Violence Program (2006).
If you or someone you know sees the warning signs in their relationship, text loveis to 22522.
’ 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.
With dating violence, early warning signs often begin with behaviors that are not physically violent.
Early warning signs of an abusive partner For teens and those new to dating and relationships, it’s can be difficult to identify controlling behaviors from caring behaviors.
Consider this list of warning signs to identify unhealthy or abusive behaviors.
A pattern does not have to occur for it to be considered dating violence – one incidence of violence is abuse and it is one too many.
Warning signs of dating violence are similar to those seen in adults.
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.