This paper considers how dating violence is defined, what its consequences are, and what can be done about it.For the purpose of this paper, dating violence is defined as any intentional physical, sexual or psychological assault on a person by a dating partner.Violent Resistance occurs when violence is used against partners who are themselves violent and controlling.It is most commonly used against a partner who is using intimate terrorism.Studies indicate that dating violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or location of residence.
Dating violence has become an issue of increasing concern to researchers and practitioners over the past three decades.
In contrast, severe violence includes acts for which the risk of permanent or serious injury is high.
According to a Canadian study, severe violence is relatively rare.
Dating partners include both casual dates and individuals in long-term dating relationships.
All three forms of abuse — physical, sexual and emotional — can coexist, or the abuse can be characterized by any one of the three.