dating violence


Dating violence is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual (including stalking). Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online. 

Dating violence, and more specifically teen dating violence, is an emerging area of study that is similar in many respects to adult intimate partner violence. Its emergence partly reflects an evolution in how young adults and teens describe their dating partners.

See also: date rape, intimate partner violence

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(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016). Understanding teen dating violence: Factsheet. (2) Saltzman, L., Fanslow, J., McMahon, P., & Shelley, G. (2002). Intimate partner violence surveillance: Uniform definitions and recommended data elements. (3) Resources of the EU project, 'Changing Attitudes to Dating Violence in Adolescents', available at: