Dating violence occurs when one person intentionally hurts the other – or when they both do it to each other.
A dating partner who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is more likely to engage in abusive behavior.
While this cycle continues, abusive behaviors might get worse.
Treatment is available to help with drug addiction and abusive behavior, including counseling, self-help meetings and support groups.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.
Here are some examples of abusive behavior from Drugs and alcohol are seen as a way to cope When the partner who is being abused is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it can make him or her more vulnerable to being physically or sexually assaulted.
They may also use alcohol or drugs to reduce stress or tension in the relationship and/or to cope with the depression and anxiety that come from being victimized.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.