Domestic Violence and Dating Violence

Dating and domestic violence, often referred collectively along with other forms of violence as intimate partner violence, is a patern of physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual violence perpetrated by one partner in a romantic relationship toward the other partner.

Physical abuse may include:

  • Hitting
  • Shoving
  • Punching
  • Biting
  • Intimidation
  • Use of weapons

Emotional abuse may include:

  • Threats
  • Humiliation
  • Isolation

Verbal abuse may include:

  • Name calling
  • Put-downs
  • Screaming

Sexual abuse may include:

  • Unwanted touching/groping
  • Forced sex or sexual behaviors
  • Pressure to have sex

The abuse does not go away. In fact, intimate partner violence gets worse as the relationship continues. There may not be violence present at all times; but there is a distinct pattern of tension, escilation, and violence, which may or may not be followed by a period of good times. Eventually, however, the violence will surface back again.

Consult the section on what to do if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship.
 

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