“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.At loveisrespect, we define “dating” as two people in an intimate relationship.The relationship may be sexual, but it does not have to be.

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These are a few frequently asked questions about dating.

If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!

The important thing to remember is that dating abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.

Whether you call it “dating” or something else, both people should agree on a definition and the same ground rules for the relationship.

Keep these questions in mind: Hooking up is a broad term, but generally it refers to casual encounters between two people who can be friends but don’t have to be.

They may or may not be your only partner and can include sex.

Even if you are “hooking up,” your partner should not be disrespectful or controlling.

You should be able to communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences or abuse.

Remember the rules for a healthy relationship apply to hook ups, too.