What is dating violence? Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating. Dating violence can happen:
on a first date or in an established relationship
to boys or girls
in gay or straight relationships
to people of all races, cultures, ages, incomes and education levels
Many teens believe that some behaviors, like name-calling or shoving, are part of “normal” relationships. They’re not. And if your partner continues to act in this way, his/her behavior will likely become more violent over time.