Dating Violence

Dating is meant to be fun and exciting. It gives you chance to get to know the other person well.
It’s also a good opportunity to go out and enjoy new experiences. But some people tend to take it too far and it turns into Dating Violence. Dating violence is a pattern of over controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend. Dating violence can take many forms, including mental/emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. This can happen in casual dating and serious dating. (What is Teen Dating Violence?)

Dating Violence happens when one of the partners wants to gain control over the other partner. They might also increase in intensity if the abuser believes he or she is losing control. The violence can also show anger in most cases. Jealousy is the most common reason for assaults in relationships. When a person is always accusing his/her partner of flirting or having an affair, this is being possessive and controlling and this is also called emotional abuse. (Dating Violence)

Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest risk of dating violence. About half of all rapes and sexual assaults against women are committed by friends and acquaintances, and 26% are by intimate partners. (Date Rape Statistics) There is also an increase in dating violence when there is alcohol involved. By the alcohol being involved, people tend to blame that for being abusive. Dating Violence has increased in the recent years because of the economic downturn. Social stress in childhood and young adulthood has a direct link to increased dating.

Date rape is another name for dating violence. Date rape is the act of forcing sex on a date. Unlike rapes involving strangers, date and acquaintance rapists use psychological pressure or physical strength to press for sex, rather than weapons or threats of violence. Date rapes usually take place late at night and estimated 80% of them happen in a man’s home.( Date Rape: Unmixing Messages)