Take Uab’s Safety Tips To Heart Before You Date

| February 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By H. Gainer

When getting ready for a date – particularly in today’s world of online dating and dating apps – consider your personal safety, experts say. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 37 percent of women and 31 percent of men in the United States experienced sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, a professor and board-certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in forensic nursing and sexual violence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, and Mandy Parente, M.Ed., CHES® interpersonal violence prevention coordinator at UAB, share important safety tips.

Share your activity information with a friend or family memberBefore a date, especially if you are meeting someone in person for the first time, tell a friend or relative where you are going and who you are meeting, and provide the other person’s contact information. It is also a good idea to give them a post-date check-in time so they know you are safe. Providing this information will make it easier for authorities to find you or your date if something were to happen.

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