Dating Abuse

Dating Abuse

What is dating abuse?

Dating abuse is when someone who you are having a relationship with, or have had a relationship with, makes you feel scared or they have hurt you. You might have just met, or you might have been going out with each other for a while. You might be in school, college, university or working.

Dating abuse is mainly perpetrated by young men and victims are mainly young women, however it can happen in same sex relationships and to young men too. Dating abuse is a pattern of ongoing behaviour that makes you feel scared or frightened.

  • Does your partner want to know where you are at all times?
  • Do they threaten to tell people things about you/share initmate pictures of you?
  • Do they tell you what to wear?
  • Do you feel pressured into doing sexual things?
  • Do you feel frightened of them sometimes?
  • Do they want to constantly check your phone/facebook/social media accounts?

If you're worried that you, or a friend, might be experiencing dating abuse women's aid can help.

The following information sheet has been put together for young people who are interested in what dating abuse is

Download: Information for young people 

The following information sheet has been put together for people who work with young people and what to to find out more about dating abuse: Download: Information for people working with young people.

What can you can do?

If you have a friend whose boyfriend, or ex boyfriend, is scaring her and you would like to find out more about how you can help, you can download this Young Champions Resource.

We all have the right to be treated with respect and kindness. No one deserves to be abused. No one should have to put up with abuse. Dating abuse isn't OK, but talking about it is.

Did you know?

  • Almost 1 in 4 14 years olds have been forced to do something sexual by someone they were dating (Bliss 2009)
  • As many as 1 in 3 young women have experienced dating abuse (NSPCC 2009)
  • No-one deserves to be abused. Everyone deserves to have a healthy and happy relationship, whatever your age.

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234


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