Warning signs of dating abuse
Review your personal values and hopes for the date before leaving the house.
Be sure to let the person you're dating know what makes you comfortable, what makes you uncomfortable and what kinds of things you'd like to avoid on your date, whether it's sex, alcohol or spicy foods.
If someone likes and respects you, they'll back off.
Don't worry: They will most likely ask you out again.
Trust your instincts: If something doesn't seem right about the person, do not share your contact information and leave the situation immediately. Even if it's a little annoying, let your mom, dad or another adult know when you’re going out.
Be sure to tell your parents who you're going with, where you plan to go and what time you expect to return home, too.
Control – He/she tells you what to do or how to act Teen dating abuse is about control.
Resisting the urge to drink is the best way to prevent getting hurt and having to deal with the consequences of unwanted sex.
If your date doesn't respect your decision, stay safe by leaving the situation.
Drugs and alcohol compromise your ability to make smart decisions and to escape dangerous situations.
Getting out of the house for dates is always a good goal, especially if it's your first date with somebody.
Not only is it safer to hang out in a public place such as a restaurant, movie theater or coffee shop, it's fun to discover new places with someone else.
DASH’s early warning signs are meant to guide you in determining whether your relationship is healthy.