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

Survivor Story – The Scars That Don’t Show

The following is the anonymous, personal story shared by a survivor of childhood emotional abuse and the response from one of HCWC’s Children’s Counselors. HCWC currently employs 8 professional counselors that specialize in working with children and teens across our programs. "Having a narcissistic parent can be very rough; especially when you don’t [...]

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Prevent Sexual Violence – Start Talking to Youth About Media Literacy

Sexual Assault Awareness month is an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of preventing sexual violence. Conversations with youth about healthy relationships and consent are imperative to preventing sexual violence and need to happen well before they’re thinking about sex. Whether they find it on their own or are shown by a friend, [...]

Shining a Light on Emotional Manipulation

What Does Gaslighting Really Mean? The term gaslighting is currently used a lot, but many people do not really understand what it really means. In fact, Gaslighting was the Word of the Year according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Gaslighting is an abusive behavior that can be used to undermine a partner in a toxic or problematic relationship. [...]

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