Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies. It also involves the abuser taking complete control over the life of the person she or he is abusing, often by making threats or otherwise manipulating that person. We work with survivors to get these issues resolved, but social safety nets such as food stamps, cash assistance, and health insurance can provide a much-needed bridge in the meantime. An abusive relationship can include any or all of these types of behaviors, sustained over a period of time and often escalating. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.