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WE HAVE A NUMBER OF resourceS,programs, and events for teens

What is Dating Violence?


Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn't mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

You can visit for many more resources of teen dating violence, bullying, and other helpful information.


Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction:​

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission

  • Constantly putting you down

  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity

  • Explosive temper

  • Isolating you from family or friends

  • Making false accusations

  • Mood swings

  • Physically hurting you in any way

  • Possessiveness

  • Telling you what to do

  • Repeatedly pressuring you to have sex

Youth Based Prevention Education

Turning Point is actively engaged in creating primary prevention strategies that go beyond raising awareness. One of these strategies is prevention education with youth, which utilizes the 10 session Safe Dates curriculum. 

Dance marathon

Since the year 2000, hundreds of Bartholomew County high school students have participated in the Annual Dance Marathon to benefit Turning Point. The event’s main purpose is to raise awareness of dating and domestic violence. Through efforts like these, we aim to help break the cycle of dating violence among our peers.

Each February, this event will not only provide hundreds of students with useful information on dating and domestic violence, but it will help raise funds that support 7-10% of the annual budget for Turning Point, our lead local resource in combatting domestic violence.


Dating and domestic violence is a prevalent problem in our community, and Turning Point continues working towards its elimination. Nationally, 1 in 3 teens will be affected by emotional, physical or sexual violence by the age of 18. Dance Marathon is a way for us to teach our peers about healthy relationships and how to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy behaviors. It is our belief that Dance Marathon is more than a fundraiser or a fun social event; it allows us the ability to expose the need for continued prevention education.​

For more information on Dance Marathon,

please contact Stephen Dishinger at

812-379-5575 ext. 213

Dance Marathon

Teens For Change

senior projects

Families of Safe Dates

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