If you are not from the Midcoast Maine area, here are some resources that may be of help to you: the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence at 1-866-83-4HELP or via the web at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or via the web at
The following is a list of behaviors that may indicate a potential batterer.
A victim often has known or dated the abuser for a brief period of time before getting engaged or living together.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Signs of a healthy relationship include: Teens in violent relationships often are afraid to seek help.You can also help your students identify warning signs of dating violence in their own relationships. But when the smartphone is constantly buzzing with messages from a significant other, it could be a sign of dating violence. They often have an explosive temper, are jealous, put their partner down, isolate their date from friends and families, make false accusations, have mood swings, seem possessive or bossy, and will pressure their date to do things against his or her will. Jealous partners might text, call or email constantly or ask for their partner’s passwords and look over their date’s shoulder to view who is sending messages.Parents can play a key role in prevention by being a positive role model.When children understand what a healthy relationship is, they are less likely to accept dating violence and are more likely to have positive attitudes toward gender equality, according to a recent study.