Dating Violence

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Defining Dating Violence

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Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive & controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order lớn gain or maintain power và control in the relationship. The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation và humiliation khổng lồ control the other person. Forms of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional và psychological.

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Victims và abusers come from all social & economic backgrounds, faith communities, và racial và ethnic backgrounds. Abuse also occurs in same-sex relationships. Both females and males can be victims of dating violence, but numerous studies reveal the reality that the majority of victims are females (usually more than 95 percent). Throughout this web site, victims are often referred to lớn as females & abusers as male. That reference does not change the fact that every survivor -- male or female -- deserves support, options, resources & safety.

Abusers attempt khổng lồ control their partners in a variety of ways. The following is a menu of common controlling behaviors:

Isolation: Trying to lớn cut off the victim"s relationship with family và friends; using jealousy to justify behavior.

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.

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Coercion: Threatening khổng lồ find someone else if the dating partner doesn"t comply with the abuser"s wishes or demands. Threats to harm self or others if the dating partner leaves.

Physical: Using or threatening khổng lồ use physically assaultive behaviors such as hitting, shoving, grabbing, slapping, beating, kicking, etc.

Sexual: Touching or forcing the victim to engage in unwanted sexual activity.

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At the beginning stages of the dating relationship, these behaviors may not be apparent or the use of them is so subtle that they may be mistaken for the abuser"s caring and concern. For example, the abuser may suggest that the couple spend all their time together because when they are apart, they will miss each other. If the victim spends time with other friends, the abuser may appear khổng lồ be sad or disappointed. As the relationship becomes more involved, the abuser may gradually escalate the use of these behaviors to lớn include severe jealousy, which is not a sign of love as many in our society believe.