For teens and young adults, dating relationships can be both exciting and confusing. What may start out as teasing or harassing behavior in a relationship can set the stage for physical violence. Teens and young adults may have difficulty recognizing when a relationship turns abusive. They may think abuse is a normal part of a relationship and may be ill-equipped to handle complex situations and confusing emotions. Dating abuse includes physical, sexual or emotional abuse in a dating relationship or with a former dating partner. Learning warning signs and developing healthy relationship skills can go a long way to preventing dating violence.



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