If you feel uncomfortable, you should leave any type of dating situation at a moment’s notice.
You may be hesitant to do so if you’re not prepared with a cell phone or spare change and money to call a cab.
If you notice controlling behavior, sudden mood changes or threats of violence from your significant other, get help immediately.
Date rape is an example of the type of physical violence that can occur early on during dating.
To avoid these kinds of situations, avoid pairing off with just one person on a first date.
If someone gives you their personal email address, phone number or snail mail address you are not obliged to use it. Take a direct approach by saying "Thanks for giving me your details but I'd rather communicate through the online dating service".
Communicating with people from other towns, states and countries will introduce you to an exciting new world but one in which things can easily be lost in translation.
Some people doubt whether or not they are even in a violent dating situation and become confused by their relationship.
Violence hotlines are an effective resource for getting help with your relationship and identifying possible violence or other abuse, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Don’t accept an open drink from someone you don’t know, and control the amount of alcohol you consume.
Too much can cause you to lose control of your surroundings, allowing someone else to take advantage of you.
If you don’t want to talk to a stranger, find someone you trust, such as a family member, close friend or even a school counselor, and talk to them about your relationship.
It’s easier to avoid dating violence if you know the signs to look for.
It is important to guard your identity and personal details at all times when using online dating services.