Relationship abuse, or dating and domestic violence/abuse, is characterized by behaviors used by a person to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Warning signs, or red flags, can indicate that a relationship is going in the wrong direction.
Abuse can take many forms, but it is important to remember that each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse in any kind.
Dating & Domestic Violence Articles
From the moment that children are born, parents play an essential role in ensuring their comfort and protection. As children grow into adolescence, parents’ roles naturally evolve into helping them interact with the world in a positive and healthy way. As children grow into teenagers, a common way they interact with their world and discover parts of their [...]
A friend of mine is in an abusive relationship and I am worried about them. What can I do to help?It can be a very upsetting when someone we care about is being abused or even treated badly by their partner. It is important to proceed with sensitivity and caution; leaving an abusive relationship is a potential dangerous situation. [...]
It’s always good to be aware of potential red flags in a relationship, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be on the lookout for green flags- the early signs that a relationship is going well! It’s always a great feeling when there’s a moment that genuinely endears you to your partner, and gives you hope that your relationship [...]
This year marks 10 years since Congress declared February National Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about the impacts of dating abuse and encourage communities to support young people in seeking healthy relationships. Though these conversations are important to have year-round, February gives us the opportunity to shine a light on dating abuse and [...]
There are many misperceptions about family violence, even those who are victims often don’t recognize their own experiences as abusive or violent. The truth is, it’s complicated and sometimes it can be very confusing, especially to those who are living in constant trauma which is a major part of the cycle of violence due in large part to [...]
Think of a time when a close friend or family member was feeling really bad about themselves or struggling in some way. How did you respond to this person, especially at a time when you were feeling your best? Most likely, you responded with kind and encouraging words. You may have given them a hug or supported them [...]