Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.
Physical: Using or threatening to use physically assaultive behaviors such as hitting, shoving, grabbing, slapping, beating, kicking, etc.
It does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in any relationship, whether it’s one that is casual and short-term or serious and monogamous. There are some warning signs that can help you identify if your relationship is unhealthy or abusive, including the examples below. metro area who need legal help, contact Break the Cycle's legal services team.
Remember, the abuse is never your fault, and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.
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 is also when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse/violence.