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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:
- Use of weapons
Emotional abuse may include:
Verbal abuse may include:
- Name calling
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.