Abusive dating behaviors
The sample for this study came from the Knowledge Networks probability-based online panel, Knowledge Panel®.
Online data collection took place between September 29 to December 27, 2010.
“Small controlling behaviors might not seem like a big deal at the time, but they can escalate and eventually put someone at risk,” added Pinero.
The survey findings were released today, during a forum to educate students about sexual assault prevention and survivor assistance at American University. National Dating Abuse Helpline and Break the Cycle Respond to the Urgent Need for Education In direct response to these new findings, a partnership between the National Dating Abuse Helpline and leading teen dating violence prevention organization, Break the Cycle, is launching an initiative to target college students with new, relevant resources to address the issue of dating abuse.
The expanded online content includes: Take Action (information on how students can get involved on their campus), Stay Safe (safety planning designed specifically for college students) and Help a Friend (information to assist bystanders).
That’s one part of dating violence—but in dating and intimate partner relationships, sexual violence is often an escalated act that follows other acts of emotional or physical abuse. And it doesn’t look the same for every relationship,” said Brian Pinero, RAINN’s vice president of Victim Services.
Identifying these early signs of abuse may provide a chance for a person at risk to exit a relationship safely before further harm occurs. “The answer to the question, ‘What does dating violence look like?
For high school males, more than 7% reported physical violence and about 5% reported sexual violence from a dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.