“If only I had known what I was getting into; if only I had seen the signs.” This is a statement made by many battered women who found themselves in a relationship that had gotten frightening and that they couldn’t see any way of getting out of.Such classes should also focus on dating violence prevention.The time to help teach adolescents about the hazards of dating violence coupled with the heavy drinking that is often associated with it is in middle school when dating first begins.Here are the signs that could be discussed with young people in schools and religious group settings: Teen Dating Abuse: Warning Signs Based on the literature on domestic violence, we can note the following list of warning signs that a young woman should consider to determine if the relationship is likely to become violent. Is he always the one to drive or criticize you severely if you take the wheel? ’’ Is his thinking of an all-or-nothing pattern (either you are his best friend or his worst enemy—often about past relationships)? Do you have the feeling that only you understand him, that others do not or cannot? The warning signs are geared toward heterosexual female teens but can be adjusted to pertain to same-sex or male respondents and for different age groups. Does your date or boyfriend brag about beating up or intimidating people? Does he ever suggest that he knows how to kill, for example, by playfully putting his hands on your neck, then say he was only joking? Does he own or have access to a gun or show a fascination with weapons? Schools need to teach about emotions such as jealousy so that girls when they are dating, instead of being flattered by bringing out jealousy in a boyfriend will recognize the insecurity that this emotion may represent.Schools need to teach about thought patterns that are unhealthy and about how extremist notions and behaviors can be controlled through self-awareness and training to catch the unhealthy self-talk.For details, call 866-331-9474, text "loveis" to 22522 or visit The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician.The common form of female-to-male violence discussed by the teens was slapping. Girls slapped boys as punishment when the boy was “out of line” or in self-defense. Does he get out of patience quickly with children or is he verbally abusive toward them? If you have answered yes to two or more of these items, you should talk to a mature person before pursuing this relationship further.