It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
In fact, 1 in 10 female high-schoolers say they have been physically abused by a dating partner in the past year.
Learn more about leaving an abusive dating relationship.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.
If you are under 18, your partner could get arrested for having sex with you, even if you agreed to have sex. See a doctor or nurse to take care of any physical problems. Friends, family, and mental health professionals all can help. If you are thinking about ending an abusive dating relationship, keep some tips in mind: If you are ending a long-term or live-in dating relationship, you may want to read our section on domestic and intimate partner violence.