February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, but dating violence can happen across all age groups. The way dating violence is often portrayed in the media suggests acts of physical and sexual violence. That’s one part of dating violence—but in dating and intimate partner relationships, sexual violence is often an escalated act that follows other acts of emotional or physical abuse. Identifying these early signs of abuse may provide a chance for a person at risk to exit a relationship safely before further harm occurs.
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