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Relationship Management 

Recognizing Warning Signs to Stay Safe

from Abusive Relationships

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

"Teen dating violence (TDV) is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship.

TDV includes four types of behavior:

  • Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.

  • Sexual violence is forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act, sexual touching, or a non-physical sexual event (e.g., sexting) when the partner does not or cannot consent.

  • Psychological aggression is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm another person mentally or emotionally and/or exert control over another person.

  • Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone close to the victim.


Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends."

Further, Break the Cycle states, "1 in 3 young people will experience dating abuse and 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend."

Based upon these alarming statistics and the continued prevalence of teen dating violence, DIFFERENCE IS FABULOUSTM has developed a training program to help teens recognize warning signs of dating abuse to prevent teen dating violence.

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the “relationships” in Relationship Management and how participants can effectively manage them

  • Discuss the impact of relationships with  

    • Friends

    • Dating Partners

  • Increase understanding of teen dating abuse and how he/she is affected by it

  • Review and discuss warning signs of dating violence

  • Learn characteristics of a healthy relationship

  • ... And much more helpful content

As parents, teachers, college professors, communities, religious organizations, etc., it is imperative we collectively #DoSomething to help support our youth by providing education and skills for developing healthy relationships.  

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