What is Dating Violence?

Dating violence is repeated verbal, emotional, physical, economic or sexual abuse used to frighten, hurt and control a girlfriend or boyfriend. Abuse in teenage dating relationships can include insults, slapping, punching, shoving, threats, rape and other acts of violence and coercion, including the use of weapons.

An abusive relationship is characterized by an imbalance of power that is maintained through intimidation, coercion and violence. Over time the victim in an abusive relationship loses self-confidence and supportive relationships with friends and family members.

Numerous studies demonstrate that abuse in teenage dating relationships is common and even considered normal by many young people. Abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter what their race, religion, level of education or economic background.


If you are a victim of dating violence or would simply like more information, please call the Advocates of Ozaukee at the numbers below.

For more information on domestic or sexual violence, please call Advocates of Ozaukee at 1-877-375-4034.