The and based on data from 1993-1998, reported that the highest rate of intimate violence is perpetrated against women ages 16 to 24.

Though there is more intimate violence against women, there is also intimate violence against men.

One of the most important online dating safety tips is to never provide personal information right away.

If you are online searching for a suitable date, you should talk to the person for a long period of time before releasing any information, including your phone number.

An email account is the primary place for correspondence when you meet someone through an online dating site.

Sign up for a new email account with a free service such as Google or yahoo.

In some situations, when someone pays for the date, they may expect something in return, so the safest way to avoid this situation is to pay your half.

It is also best to not drink alcohol while you are on the first date.

Make sure to use your “dating name” on all correspondence, such as instant messaging through your email account.

If you are asked to show a photo to someone you have just began chatting with, use caution and only send a photo if you are completely comfortable with the person at the other end of the conversation.

Pay close attention to the conversation and if at any time you are uncomfortable, hang up and delete them from your email and profile tags on the dating site.