Dating violence is emotional, physical or mental abuse within the limits of one's romantic relationship or possible relationship, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. Sometimes, good relationships become bitter, but no one deserves to be in a relationship in which they are victims of violence. There are certain things you can do to prevent dating violence in your relationship, as well as with the people you care about.
Talk to someone
Some people doubt whether or not they are in a violent dating relationship and get confused about their relationship. The direct access lines of violence are an effective resource to get help with your relationship and identify possible violence or other abuses, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. If you do not want to talk to a stranger, find someone you trust, such as a relative, friend or even a school counselor, and talk to them about your relationship.
It is easier to avoid dating violence if you know the signs you should look for. If you observe controlling behavior, sudden mood swings or threats of violence from your partner, seek help immediately.
Some types of dating violence occur on the first or second outing where two people are not necessarily a couple. Rape is an example of the kind of physical violence that can occur early during courtship. To avoid this type of situation, avoid meeting with only one person on the first date. Plan a double or group appointment with people you know, in order to avoid being alone with someone you do not know.
Take care of alcohol and drugs
Rape drugs are often introduced into people's drinks, so be careful when drinking alcohol, especially in public places. Do not accept a drink opened by someone you do not know, and control the amount of alcohol you consume. Excess can cause you to lose control of your environment, allowing someone else to take advantage of you.
If you feel uncomfortable, you should leave the appointment at that time. You may not dare to do it if you are not ready with a cell phone or money to call a taxi. Always be prepared to leave a situation where you do not feel comfortable, and has the resources at your disposal at all times to do so.