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
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 [...]
At times, we may not know what we can do as individuals to ensure relationships free from violence and abuse for every member of our community. Though Domestic Violence Awareness Month is coming to a close, there are always opportunities to raise awareness and support survivors year-round. Here are five things all of us can do today to [...]
How can we improve our relationships? Perhaps you already have a pretty healthy relationship with trust, friendship, respecting boundaries, open communication, and love. But how do we express our love? What do we need to feel loved in return? The Five Love Languages There are five love languages. These include: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and [...]
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an annual campaign committed to raising awareness of and preventing domestic violence. Domestic violence affects people of all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Domestic violence includes the physical, psychological, and emotional abuse of an intimate partner. Domestic abuse varies dramatically in relationships but the constant components are rooted in one person asserting power [...]