Women's Center

Dating/Relationship Violence

Relationship violence, also called dating and/or domestic violence, occurs when someone uses fear and intimidation to control their partner or loved one.  This can take the form of physical and sexual violence, as well as verbal threats and verbal abuse.  Threats, intimidation and isolation are all behaviors used by a perpetrator to gain power and control.

Victims can be of any age, race, economic status, religion, culture, educational background, sexual orientation, gender, or marital status.  Most cases of dating/relationship violence are not reported. Although both men and women can be victims of dating/domestic violence, 85% are women. Women between the ages of 20 and 24 are at the highest risk of experiencing relationship violence (source: fact sheet - dating violence).

Relationship violence not only affects those who are directly abused, but also the family, friends, coworkers, witnesses and the community at large. Exposure to normalized violence perpetuates a system of normalized violence by creating new generations of victims and abusers.

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