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Understanding Domestic & Dating Violence2020-04-07T15:48:44+00:00

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

Can You Change the Person You’re Dating?

A question many people in an abusive relationship may ask themselves is “will my partner ever change?” There's a trend that occurs where people tend to fall in love with someone’s potential and who they could be, rather than who they currently are. This is one of the significant reasons why people choose to stay in unhealthy relationships [...]

Teen Dating in the Digital Age

Teenagers today face a unique set of challenges when it comes to dating. With an increased number of social media platforms, messaging apps, and online interactions, maintaining a healthy relationship while managing one's digital footprint can be a delicate balancing act. As teens engage in romantic relationships, it is even more important to understand the risks associated with [...]

How to Intervene When Your Teen is Displaying Violent Behaviors

Your child displaying or engaging in behavior perceived as aggressive or violent is always hard to navigate as caregivers because it hurts to see someone we love experience such overwhelming emotions. While it can be easy to tie your child’s behavior back to what you did wrong, oftentimes their behavior can stem from other things such as events occurring [...]

Supporting Healthy Youth Relationships

February is Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about the impacts of dating abuse and encourage communities to support teens and young adults 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 inspire conversations about healthy relationships to [...]

Emotional Abuse: Not All Abuse Leaves Bruises

When talking about domestic violence (or intimate partner violence/IPV), many people believe that if physical violence isn’t involved, then it’s not considered abusive. We often hear comments like, “well at least they don’t hit you,” or “they don’t hit me, so it’s not that bad.” Survivors of abuse not only hear others minimize verbal and emotional abuse, but [...]

Forgotten Victims

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, sexual identity, or socioeconomic background. Historically women have been the most recognized victims or survivors of domestic violence, but approximately 1 in 7 men will experience intimate partner violence in their life compared to 1 in 4 women (www.thehotline.org). Domestic violence is [...]

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