Teen dating violence is a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former dating partner. Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, stalking, threats, or acts of physical or sexual abuse. The abusive teen uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner.
Dating violence can also include using social media and technology—including the Internet, social networking sites, phones, or text messaging—to harass, pressure, stalk, or victimize.
An “Order of Protection” is a civil order that is available to victims of domestic violence, including dating violence. It requires the abuser to stay away from you and your home, workplace, and school, and to have no contact with the victim, either directly or indirectly through a third person.
Order of Protection
A judge can issue an order of protection against a dating partner if they have physically abused, threatened to physically abuse, or sexually abused the other partner. A “dating relationship” means a romantic or intimate social relationship between two individuals.
Arkansas law allows a minor to obtain an order of protection against an abusive dating partner. However, the law does not allow a minor to petition for the order of protection on his or her own behalf. Either an adult family or household member or a domestic violence advocate must petition on behalf of the minor.
The National Dating Abuse Helpline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) or text “START” to 88788
The National Sexual Assault Hotline
The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence Teen Dating Abuse Hotline