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Dating Abuse

What is dating abuse?

Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors in which one dating partner seeks to maintain power and control over the other  dating partner. Anybody can experience dating abuse, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, or socioeconomic status.

All types of abuse are serious and no one deserves to experience it.


Types of Abuse


Hitting, kicking, pushing, punching, slapping, choking,grabbing, throwing objects at a partner, threatening with a weapon, driving recklessly with partner in a car and/or refusing to help a sick partner.


Constant criticism, making humiliating remarks, name-calling,mocking, yelling, swearing, making victim think she is crazy, making victim feel guilty and/or making impossible rules and punishing victim for breaking these rules. 

  • Threats and Intimidation:   Threatening to harm victim, family members, and pets. This includes putting partner in fear using looks, actions and   gestures, shouting and/or smashing things and destroying property.
  • Isolation:   Controlling what partner does, who they see and talk to, where they go and/or monitoring phone calls. 


Withholding money, keeping a partner from work or school,interfering with partner’s work or school, giving allowance, controlling how a partner spends money, and/or giving gifts or paying for things to coerce a partner into doing something in return.


Forcing sex on an unwilling partner, demanding sexual acts that the victim does not want to perform, degrading treatment and/or any intimate touching that it is unwanted. No one has the right to interfere with someone’s right to say no.


Using technologies such as texting and social media sites to infringe on someone's private technological life by bullying, harassing, stalking, or intimidating a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.

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