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
Relationships are as different as the people in them. The same goes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) relationships. There are qualities all healthy relationships should have and abuse is never one of them. No matter who you love or how you identify, everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Healthy LGBTQ [...]
What began as a day to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, a tipping point for the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States, LGBTQ Pride Month has grown into a celebration of equality, visibility, and resilience. The Stonewall Uprising, also known as the Stonewall riots, is a part of many moments in history where [...]
We have all been quickly thrust into a completely new living arrangement amidst current shelter in place orders. Whether you have been married for years, have children, are living with someone, or are dating someone, this new situation has changed many people’s relationship dynamics. For many of us in the United States, stay at home or shelter in [...]
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 [...]