Patterns of dating abuse
This abuse happens when one person believes they are entitled to control another, and it may or may not include sexual assualt.
Dating and domestic violence occur in straight/heterosexual relationships, same-sex/gender relationships and in intimate relationships that do not involve romantic feelings.
Emotional abuse not only impacts the victim’s self-esteem, it can cause long- term psychological trauma.
For many victims it is the most damaging aspect of abusive relationships.
If you are humiliated or forced to be sexual in any way, that is sexual abuse.
Relationship violence is a crime that is commonly misunderstood in our society.
In reality, there are a myriad of reasons why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships that no one can understand except the person being abused.
While many aspects of LGBT relationship violence are similar to those experienced by heterosexual victims, it is not in all ways identical.
No matter what kind of relationship you have, if you are forced to have sex, it is rape.
If these behaviors appear in your or a friend’s relationship, it’s important to remember that they are not the fault of the victim--the perpetrator is solely responsible for his or her actions-but these behaviors may indicate an abusive relationship. is completely student-run, anonymous, and confidential, and is open to all members of the Washington University community. (Planned Parenthood) Are You Safe in Your Relationship?
There is a pervasive myth that a person who is in an abusive relationship doesn’t leave because they enjoy the abuse, or because the maltreatment takes the form of emotional abuse, which isn’t “real abuse.” These myths are false.
Perpetrators often attempt highly specific forms of abuse based on identity and community dynamics, including: Unfortunately, dating and domestic abuse is a problem on college campuses and often an indication of abuse in subsequent relationships and marriages.
Below is a list of warning signs of abusive personalities.
It is an intentional act or set of acts designed to force the abused partner to submit to the will of the abuser.