Definition for dating relationship
Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status.Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women.Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected.Most children in these homes know about the violence.
Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking.Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by an adolescent (between the ages of 13 and 18) against a current or former dating partner.Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse.
While there are non-Christians who date with the intention of having a series of intimate physical relationships, for the Christian this is not acceptable and should never be the reason for dating.