Dating is a time of novelty, excitement and infatuation, but it can be dangerous if your path intersects with a sexual predator or abusive intimate partner.
Though these sections are written from a heterosexual perspective, bi-sexual and homosexual individuals may also benefit by better avoiding involvement with same-gender abusive personalities who can also engage in sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.
It is impossible to get back information once you have given it away.
- Stop communicating with anyone who attempts to pressure you into providing your personal or financial information or who seems to be trying to trick you into providing it.
You should check if the dating site you are using is a member of the Online Dating Association (ODA).
Membership means that the site has to commit to an industry code of practice that includes honest communication with users, protecting their privacy and providing a mechanism for reporting abuse.
Click on the highlighted words for more information about dating safety topics.
The vast majority of people using dating sites are sincere and honest in the information they provide and in their reasons for joining.
Dating services run mail and chat so you can get to know people in a safer and [monitored/controlled] way. Use their platform and the added security it gives.
Don't include your contact information such as your email address, home address, or phone number in your profile or initial communications.
Take things slowly and share more information when you feel comfortable doing so.
Safety tips while dating is divided in half that includes ten proactive strategies, and ten reactive precautions.
Ten DO’ s for safer dating involve proactive safeguards that help prevent date rape and avoid involvement with an abusive personality type.