Domestic and dating abuse

Download our Teen Dating Abuse booklet: "Jealousy Ain't Love" to learn more about the dynamics of abuse in teen relationships, and ways to build healthy relationships.If you have a friend who is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, but aren't sure how to talk to them, check out our "What do I say…" handout for some tips.Maybe you and your friends call it “dating,” “going out,” “hooking up,” or “seeing each other”?

Safety plans are tailored to your life and needs, to help you stay as safe as possible.

You do not have to break up with your partner to create a safety plan, and we will never pressure you to do something you are not ready to do. Sometimes it can be easy to frame intimate partner violence as an "adult" problem.

Teen dating abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical ability.

Despite these statistics, 81% of parents report that they don't believe teen dating violence is an issue or that they don't know if it's an issue.

However, the provisions have yet to be put in place.

"For years we highlighted the gap in law that meant that young women who never lived with their boyfriends could not avail of safety orders because of the cohabitation rule," she said. "However, despite being passed by the Oireachtas and signed into Law by President Michael D Higgins in May this year, the provisions have yet to be commenced.

You can also download the "Jealousy Ain't Love" booklet, and look through it on your own and/or with your teen(s).

If you are concerned about a teen, Catalyst is always available for additional support at 1.800.895.8476.

The #Too Into You campaign urges an awareness of emotionally abusive relationships and how to spot coercive control.

Characters such as ‘Snooping Simon’, ‘Controlling Conor’, ‘Send Nudes Niall’, and ’10 missed calls Ben’ represent the various ways that young women in Ireland experience dating abuse through their boyfriends and exes.

According to Women's Aid, many women experiencing dating abuse are still being turned away from the courts.

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