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Consequences of Dating Violence

Dating violence can have serious consequences. While the immediate impact might be humiliation and/or physical pain, young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in physical fights or bring weapons to school. They might exhibit higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse as well as high-risk sexual behaviors. Targets of abuse are also more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide.

Here are some consequences the target may experience:

  • Lose confidence in oneself
  • Become afraid to express feelings of anger
  • Suffer serious injury, even death
  • Begin to doubt their own abilities, feelings, and decision-making ability
  • Feel isolation from family and friends
  • Feel shame and guilt
  • Feel lonely
  • Face inability to maintain long-lasting or fulfilling relationships
  • Get a sexually transmitted infection
  • Experience an unwanted pregnancy
  • Build up large doctor or lawyer expenses
  • Abandon dreams and goals
  • Become depressed, anxious, fearful, or suicidal
  • Begin having problems at work, school, and other activities
  • Experience damage to personal property

Here are some consequences the perpetrator may experience:

  • Get arrested
  • Unable to attend college due to criminal record
  • Spend time in jail
  • Experience feelings of shame and guilt
  • Feel isolation from family and friends
  • Face inability to maintain long-lasting or fulfilling relationships
  • Contract a sexually transmitted infection
  • Experience an unwanted pregnancy
  • Build up large doctor or lawyer expenses
  • Abandon dreams and goals
  • Become depressed, anxious, fearful, or suicidal
  • Begin having problems at work, school, and other activities
  • Lose dating partner's love and respect
  • Have conflict with parents or other caregivers
  • Dating partner could end relationship
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