Verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse of a child.

Dating Abuse is defined as a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical violence, sexual assault, and verbal or psychological abuse.

These acts may include physical, sexual, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse.

For example, teenage men may believe: And while all of those beliefs can also be seen in adults, they are likely more prevalent in teens.

There are many warning signs of dating abuse and they should always be taken seriously.

It does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in any relationship, whether it’s one that is casual and short-term or serious and monogamous.

Emotional and verbal abuse may be just as damaging to a teen or child as physical and sexual abuse.

A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.

Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.

Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.

Dating violence is violence that occurs within a dating relationship rather than, say, marriage; and dating violence is as much a problem for teenagers as it is for adults.