The Facts: Dating violence is any abuse—physical, sexual, emotional—of one partner by the other in a dating relationship. ( see definitions of abuse in "Abuse at home?”) A wide range of harmful acts, besides physical violence and rape, can happen in dating relationships. All forms of abuse are harmful and worth taking seriously.
Warning signs: You may be experiencing dating violence if you are dating someone who:
Getting help: If you recognize any of the warning signs for dating violence in a relationship that you are in, get help:
Lots of teens worry about breaking the news to their friends. Some feel embarrassed about what is happening.
Separation and divorce are very common these days. That means that many people have been through it themselves, and most probably know someone who has.
Good friends will be glad you've told them. They'll know that you're still you, even though your family is changing.
No, you don't. You have the right to love and be loved by both parents.
If you are feeling pressured to take sides, and you feel you are caught in the middle of your parents' problems, tell them.