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What is the difference between “dating abuse” and “teen dating violence”?

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Our experience has shown that the term “teen dating violence” inadvertently emphasizes physical violence over other forms of violence and abuse, which contributes to the under-recognition of the full spectrum of harmful behaviors and adverse impact of dating abuse in the lives of students.

This term “dating abuse” is used, because the term “abuse” more accurately communicates the range of behaviors that are included in the definition of both dating violence and dating abuse.