However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Learn how to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships with CDC’s online resources.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual, and includes stalking.
The good news is, it doesn’t have to happen at all.
Three components of the Dating Matters comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model are currently available on CDC’s Veto Violence website.
CDC also developed technical packages to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent violence before it starts.
For example, results from the 2014 General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization) showed that when it came to spousal violence, seven in ten victims indicated that the police had never been made aware of the violence.Intimate partner violence has been identified as a major global public health concern, linked to intergenerational violence and detrimental physical, emotional and economic impacts on victims, witnesses and society as a whole (World Health Organization 2010).Canadian research has shown that violence in spousal and dating relationships affects hundreds of thousands of people and results in both physical and psychological injuries (Burczycka and Ibrahim 2016), and suggests that these impacts also affect children who witness violence between adults (Burczycka and Conroy 2017).If you are affected by family violence, know someone who is, or simply want to learn more about the issue, these pages contain information that can help you be safe or be part of the solution.These pages also provide links to supports and services in your area.