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Anti dating violence

Throughout this Web site, victims are often referred to as females and abusers as male.That reference does not change the fact that every survivor -- male or female -- deserves support, options, resources and safety.

It can include psychological abuse, emotional blackmail, sexual abuse, physical abuse and psychological manipulation.Emotional: Humiliating the victim in front of friends or making the victim feel guilty when she confronts the abuser about the abuse.Intimidation: Making the victim fearful by using threatening behavior, abuse of animals, verbal aggression or destruction of property.Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.It is also when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse/violence.Surviving intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse, is hard.

It’s especially difficult when you go to the same school as your abuser and have no choice but to eat in the same dining hall, study at the same library, attend the same classes, or participate in the same extracurricular activities.

If you think you are in an abusive relationship, see “What to Do if You Are Being Abused,” below. Seek help, because without help, dating violence will escalate.

In almost all abusive relationships, men abuse women.

Abuse can occur regardless of the couple's age, race, income, or other demographic traits.

There are, however, many traits that abusers and victims share in common.

Abusers attempt to control their partners in a variety of ways.