Waushara County Health News

Teen Dating Violence


Dating violence is more common than many people think. The 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 8 percent of high school students reported physical violence, and 7 percent reported sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months before the survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines Teen Dating Violence as the physical, sexual, mental, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking. Dating violence can occur in person or electronically.


Here is a list of some common warning signs: checking cell phones, emails, or social networks without permission; extreme jealousy or insecurity; constant belittling or put-downs; explosive temper; isolation from family and friends; making false accusations; constant mood swings towards you; physically causing pain or hurt in any way; possessiveness; telling someone what they can and cannot do; repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex.

Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable feelings, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy. If you or someone you know is experiencing dating violence, there are resources that can help.

The following list includes a few local and national resources for dating abuse:


• Text the word “HOPE-LINE” to 741741, for free trained counselors, confidential support, 24/7

• 24 Hour Crisis Line: (800)-472-3377 (CAP Family Crisis Center for domestic abuse, youth in crisis, and sexual assault victims)

• Waushara County Human Services 24 Hour Crisis Intervention: (920) 787-3321

• National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

• National Domestic Vio-lence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

• National Youth and Vio-lence Prevention Resource Center: www.safeyouth.org