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.
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.
This type of dating violence is also characterized by attempts to isolate and economically subordinate the abused partner.
Common Couple Violence is defined by Johnson as an intermittent use of violence against a partner with the intent to control the immediate situation.A study in New Brunswick estimated that dating violence may begin as early as age 13.Physical Violence occurs when one partner uses physical force to control the other.Studies indicate that dating violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or location of residence.
It happens in both adolescent and adult relationships.
While the risk of physical injury may be moderate or extreme, any physical violence carries an accompanying risk of emotional harm.