Digital dating violence is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behaviour is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.
In a healthy relationship, all communication is respectful whether in person, online or by phone. It is never ok for someone to do or say anything that makes you feel bad, lowers your self-esteem or manipulates you. You may be experiencing digital dating violence if your partner:
You never deserve to be mistreated, online or off. If you’re experiencing digital dating violence, we encourage you to chat with a trusted adult.
You don’t have to give up your devices or online presence if digital dating violence is happening to you. It’s possible to use technology safely. Talk to your local anti-violence worker about how.
©2019 BC Society of Transition Houses, Technology Safety Project.
Adapted from Loveisrespect at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, United States.