Dating Violence Prevention

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.

What is dating violence?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence. Here are just a few:

  • Relationship Abuse
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Relationship Violence
  • Dating Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

Read More: Understanding Teen Dating Violence

Simple Tips to Avoid Teen Violence

Many parents spend long nights, fretting while their teen is out, especially if they’re on a first date. Jennifer Walker with the Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center in Castle Rock says there are some simple things teens can do to ease their parent’s worries

Begin With Group Dates

When going on a first date, go with a group of people, especially if it is someone you really don't know very well. The group date process gives you an opportunity to see who this person really is and are they going to treat you right and then you have an opportunity to get away if things aren't going very well.

Create A "Code Word"
Before the date, she encourages teens to set up a “code word” with their friends, so if danger is sensed you can get out of the situation. Walker says parents can also provide a perfect excuse.

Learn About Your Date
If possible, learn a little bit about the guy or girl’s relationships from family and friends.

Set Boundaries
Knowing where you “begin and end” in a relationship is important, so that you can tell someone when to stop.

Seek Help
It is important to ensure you’ve got someone you can talk to, honestly, about dating situations.

Don't isolate yourself when things are not going well in your relationships. Talk to other people about what is going on, particularly if you need help. Maybe it is a friend that has given you good advice or support. Maybe you find a teacher or your parents.

The Outrage

In partnership with the Douglas County Crisis Center, we offer The Outrage, a teen dating violence seminar for all sophomores.  The Outrage addresses healthy and unhealthy relationships. This theatrical production comes to the school during school hours and runs for 35 minutes.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Dawna MCKnight


24-Hour Crisis Line
The Crisis Center, formerly the Women’s Crisis Center of Douglas County, offers a hotline to help victims of domestic violence, including dating violence.

Metro Crisis Line
Metro Crisis Services offers a hotline for those struggling with a mental or emotional problem, getting into trouble with drugs or alcohol, having family or relationship problems, or problems at work or school. Support and guidance is free and confidential.