Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse. Similar to domestic violence, teen dating violence is a repeated pattern of mental, physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse where one dating partner makes the other partner feel scared, weak, isolated, hurt, or sad.Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
This abuse includes being hit, slapped, or purposefully hurt.
In an attempt to address this issue, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn amended the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Education Act” to provide age-appropriate education regarding teen relationship violence starting in seventh grade and to ensure that victims of abusive relationships are able to have a safe place to finish their education.
Because the statute database is maintained primarily for legislative drafting purposes, statutory changes are sometimes included in the statute database before they take effect.
If the source note at the end of a Section of the statutes includes a Public Act that has not yet taken effect, the version of the law that is currently in effect may have already been removed from the database and you should refer to that Public Act to see the changes made to the current law."Dating" or "dating relationship" means an ongoing social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature between 2 persons.
The solutions that we offer violence survivors – for example, domestic violence hotlines, or protective orders – are not solutions that youth can or will access.
The central need, then, is to develop solutions that work for youth. Young women are most likely to turn to other youth for support if they are in a violent dataing relationship.
Recent laws may not yet be included in the ILCS database, but they are found on this site as Public Acts soon after they become law.
For information concerning the relationship between statutes and Public Acts, refer to the Guide.
Teen dating violence (TDV) has surfaced as a significant public health issue as incidence of TDV has escalated substantially in recent years. Furthermore, in recent national surveys, nearly ten percent of high school students reported being purposefully hit, slapped or physically injured by their partner within the past year (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011 ).