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
Why We Honor Dating Violence Awareness Month February is 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. 1 in 3 young people will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with. Everyone deserves [...]
Let’s Talk about Consent There seems to be more stories every day about sexual assault and harassment among celebrities, teachers, college students, athletes, and politicians. The conversations around these stories reveal many people struggling to understand sexual assault -- perhaps incorrectly assuming these stories always involve violence. Sexual assault means performing any sexual activity without consent from the [...]
Healthy Relationships 101 Relationships can be defined in many ways. Whether they are serious, casual, a friendship, or family, all relationships deserve to be healthy. But how do you know if your relationship is healthy? The Relationship Spectrum A helpful place to start is by thinking about relationships existing on a spectrum - with healthy on one end, [...]
Recognizing the Signs of Dating Violence Being in a relationship is not always easy but it should be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, one where you feel supported and accepted by your partner. New relationships are very exciting and sometimes even magical, the person you like likes you back! It is a time of going out on dates and [...]
Breaks ups are one of the many things too many people experience but rarely ever talk about; unless we’re sharing horror stories or watching break up extremes caught on video. Here are some great pieces of advice that will be helpful for both you and your partner/ex. How do you decide if you should [...]
Are You a Bystander? "That is none of my concern/business!" "Someone else will help them." "Maybe they are playing around." "I don’t have enough time to help them, I am already late." "I am too weak to help." Have you ever thought this after witnessing someone in need of help or support? Many of us do. The bystander [...]