Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different.
But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partners.
Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Abuse is a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
These are behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want.
Abuse includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.
It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.