It can also be loving and fulfilling if one finds the right person to be with.
The video, called “Choose Respect” had a lot of scenarios related to teen dating violence such as he only hit me one time; or I can only wear certain outfits or these are the only people I can hang out with; or checking cell phones for text messages, things like that.
There are several signs of dating abuse: mood swings, possessiveness, extreme jealousy or insecurity, explosive temper, and isolating a person from family or friends.
“That just reinforces the fact that it’s important to speak with a large group of teenagers because you never know who can identify that friend in a situation like that,” Gainey said.
Prize money will be awarded to the PSA winners by Verizon. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
This year the conference will once again feature a PSA contest for students. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.