Dating violence can occur in various ways: Sexual abuse is when one person forces another to engage in a sexual activity or sexual touching.
It is abuse when there is one person in a dating relationship who does not consent, or is too young to consent (Department of Justice).
Often such violence is the "tip of the iceberg" - meaning that for many people experiencing violence, there are emotional, verbal, psychological and digital/online forms of abuse also occurring in their relationship.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.
An act which would constitute a violation of the penal law, including but not limited to acts constituting disorderly conduct, harassment, aggravated harassment, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse, stalking, criminal mischief, menacing, reckless endangerment, kidnapping, assault, attempted murder, criminal obstruction or breaching of blood circulation, or strangulation; and such acts have created a substantial risk of physical or emotional harm to a person or person’s child.
Victims of dating violence may experience one incident of dating violence or it could be an ongoing pattern of several different types of incidents.
It can occur in any type of relationship, regardless of a person's sexual orientation, age or gender and both males and females can experience dating violence.