If you feel uncomfortable, you should leave any type of dating situation at a moment’s notice.
You may be hesitant to do so if you’re not prepared with a cell phone or spare change and money to call a cab.
Double or group date with people you know in order to avoid being alone with someone you don’t know.
If you notice controlling behavior, sudden mood changes or threats of violence from your significant other, get help immediately.
Some dating violence occurs on the first or second date when two people aren’t necessarily a couple.
According to Help Guide, behaviors such as destroying your belongings or an unpredictable temper may foreshadow dating violence.
Pay attention to these signals in your partner so you can protect yourself.
Date rape is an example of the type of physical violence that can occur early on during dating.
To avoid these kinds of situations, avoid pairing off with just one person on a first date.
Always be prepared to leave a situation you’re not comfortable with, and have the resources on hand at all times to be able to do so.
Looking out for red flags can protect you from dating violence.
These findings are important in several ways: The success of the school-level intervention is particularly important because it can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools.
See the curriculum evaluated in this study, Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School (pdf, 65 pages).
Youth exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk to be both a victim and perpetrator of dating violence. Yet we currently have no violence intervention protocols for this vulnerable group.