Have a backup plan when meeting someone for the first time. Have your own transport or way home. Tell someone where you are meeting, and share your details, such as a phone number with a friend.  It’s even safer to take a friend with you on the first meeting. If you feel uncomfortable on a first meeting, make up an excuse and leave (‘Sorry I can’t stay long … I have a meeting in the morning’). You don’t have to stay in a situation to be polite.
According to Dari Dyrness-Olsen, a psychologist and safe dating expert, one in three teens will experience dating abuse and 20 to 25 percent of college women will experience attempted or completed rape during their college years in the United States. Olsen speaks against physical abuse and rape, and her advice is primarily targeted at women. She teaches women to evaluate a dating situation before and after the first date. Included in her safe dating advice is tips on how to escape an abusive situation.
Don't use your real name. Limit the amount of personal information you share with someone you meet online until you get to know them, preferably in person. This means that you should not share your full name, email or home addresses, phone numbers or details such as where you work or whether you have children until you have met them in person many times, and are comfortable they are who they claim to be and are a decent person (as far as you can tell). You should feel very safe with someone before you share any of this.
The first few times you meet up with someone, choose a public place with lots of people around. There are plenty of romantic options – a casual coffee shop, a cozy restaurant, or a simple walk in the park are all fun and safe dating options. Pick a busy time of day, like an afternoon or early evening, when the venue will still be active. Never rely on your date for transportation – if you’re not planning to drive, have a friend give you a ride or book a taxi in advance so that you can feel comfortable knowing you having a safe way to get home.
I signed up after a friend recommended this site and I wish I had not. Most men have no photos or information and are supposedly my matches-by what criteria?! Those that do post pics are easily 10 years older than their presented age. I wrote support immediately after completing my profile and at less than 8 hours of use (well within their 72 hour cancellation policy,) and they refuse to cancel the account nor refund my fees. SHAME! Buyer beware...this is an awful company and product.
Completely frustrated by this site. I paid my membership. Tried to get refund. No response until too late for refund rules to apply. After arguing that their site was to blame and proving my correctness - 50% was refunded for a 3 instead of 6 month membership. Since then I have no access to anything on site. I can not receive messages, matches, emails or look at photos. I have contacted customer service every few days and each time they reply with how to fix a problem - but not the problem I have asked for. THIS IS THE WORST SITE I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. Terrible service.
w I'll explain why this is not a good value IMHO. The girls: Once you've signed and Elitesingles has secured your monetary stash it will probably be the first time you'll find out you only get 20 girls to browse/day (That's right I did say 20!!!!!) In other words if you are shorter than 1.80m (apparently this is the minimum height requirement by the majority of Internet girls!!) photogenically challenged or your Ferrari 488 GTB isn't in one of your photos you probably won't get many likes and all you'll have to go by each day is 20 potential matches. (Talk about slim pickings). Now because you are willing to trade more of your hard earned $ in the expectation you'd get a higher % of quality candidates you're probably curious just how good this promise land inhabited by like minded professional women really is? After all you will be spending 30 minutes of your life answering lots of silly questions and surely Elitesingles magical love algorithm will show you exactly what you're looking for? Well let me fill you in:
Use good judgment and be cautious when deciding to click on any URL links. In particular, be aware of links that lead to web pages which look similar or identical to the eharmony homepage, including its log-in fields. These links are typically sent as attempts to “phish” for log-in information from users in order to compromise user accounts. – Not familiar with “Phishing”? Please visit our help pages
Do not even think of registering with this site. It is an utter scam. I registered 5 months ago on a premium membership signing up for 6 months, and under the impression they charge monthly basis (very expensive). Instead they charge me for 6 months straight away. For 5 months i have not got a single message or reply from anyone. I made a slight error when registering and tried to contact them, there is no way you can contact them. No email, no telephone number, No address. They do show an address in Germany, I have doubts how accurate that is. This is a totally rip off, and I don't know how they got clearance from ASIC to operate in Australia.
Scammers use online communication to draw victims closer, to gain their trust and develop the relationship. Stay on the dating site to communicate with your potential date until you decide you’re ready to meet face-to-face. Resist talking to your prospective date via email. Often scammer profiles do not stay on the dating site for long. Scammers will continue the relationship via email, and if you’ve let them know your email address, they can potentially still contact you after they’ve left the dating site (for emailing you malware or providing to other scammers to target you).

Use good judgment and be cautious when deciding to click on any URL links. In particular, be aware of links that lead to web pages which look similar or identical to the eharmony homepage, including its log-in fields. These links are typically sent as attempts to “phish” for log-in information from users in order to compromise user accounts. – Not familiar with “Phishing”? Please visit our help pages
The Centers for Disease Control has focused on safe dating for teens as a part of the violence and prevention team within the organization. The dating matters program advises teens to use good judgement and look for signs of an abuser in a video entitled "Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Violence Dating Prevention." Some of the tips used in the program can also be useful for adult men and women.
Completely frustrated by this site. I paid my membership. Tried to get refund. No response until too late for refund rules to apply. After arguing that their site was to blame and proving my correctness - 50% was refunded for a 3 instead of 6 month membership. Since then I have no access to anything on site. I can not receive messages, matches, emails or look at photos. I have contacted customer service every few days and each time they reply with how to fix a problem - but not the problem I have asked for. THIS IS THE WORST SITE I HAVE EVER BEEN ON. Terrible service.
According to Dari Dyrness-Olsen, a psychologist and safe dating expert, one in three teens will experience dating abuse and 20 to 25 percent of college women will experience attempted or completed rape during their college years in the United States. Olsen speaks against physical abuse and rape, and her advice is primarily targeted at women. She teaches women to evaluate a dating situation before and after the first date. Included in her safe dating advice is tips on how to escape an abusive situation.
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