Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.
It is also when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse/violence.
Dating can also serve as a protection source for teenagers who have strict family values that differ from those held by their peers.
Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teenager's emotional development, while unhealthy, abusive or violent relationships can cause both short- and long-term negative effects on the individual's development into adulthood.
But for teenagers, who are just beginning to date and develop romantic relationships as well as personal values and beliefs, it is very important that this abuse is recognized.