However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Speak honestly with a school counselor and with your partner.
New Hope for Women's hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-522-3304.
You can access the live chat by going to by texting "loveis" to the SMS shortcode 77054, or by calling 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453).
Teen dating violence is a form of domestic violence that impacts all students, whether they are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders or friends.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship.
Teen dating abuse is a serious public health problem.
It is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner.
This abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal or sexual and generally escalates over time.
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is pleased to offer the following ideas and resources for schools and communities to raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence.
Tip: when at all possible allow teens to plan and carry out events.