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What Is Dating Violence? 

The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship; the type of relationship; and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. 

How to Get Help

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. OVW does not provide services directly to the general public. Find local help on our map or call the national hotline:

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
866-331-8453 TTY 
Peer advocates are available to talk, text, or chat online 24/7. If you prefer to text, send "loveis" to 22522 

StrongHearts Native Helpline

Dating Violence Resources

  • The National Institute for Justice researched the impact on teen dating violence, including physical, psychological and sexual abuse, harassment, and stalking of survivors ages 12 to 18. Learn more
  • The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control describes how teen dating violence impacts the health, opportunity, and wellbeing of survivors. Learn more
  • The Office on Women's Health points out signs of dating violence and abuse and how survivors can get help. Learn more

If you're looking for information that used to be on OVW's website, you can also visit OVW's archive.

Updated May 8, 2023