Relationship Violence & Abuse

Anyone can be caught in or a witness to violent relationships. Don't let it go on.

Young Adults

What is relationship violence?

Relationship violence is the intentional intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault or any other abusive behavior in an intimate relationship. Both men and women can be victims of relationship violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Unhealthy or abusive relationships usually get worse so it is important to know the warning signs in order to prevent it from continuing. Everyone deserves a healthy, non-violent relationship.

Types of abuse:

Sexual Abuse

  • Unwanted touching, demanding or forcing sex, withholding sex as a form of control.

Physical Abuse

  • Pushing, slapping, kicking, throwing objects, locking you out of the house.

Verbal Abuse

  • Degrading you in front of friends and family, telling hurtful jokes, name calling, humiliation, blaming.

Emotional Abuse

  • Being forced to account for every moment of your time, being coerced or controlled by your partner, being made to feel as though you can’t do anything right in your partners eyes.

Economic Abuse

  • Preventing you from having or keeping a job, not allowing you to access family finances, taking your money.



of young adult couples have reported relationship violence in the past year.

What can I do?

If you are experiencing abuse from your partner or are in an unhealthy relationship, you should talk to a friend or family member you trust about steps you should take.

If someone you know is in an abusive relationship, talk to them about your concerns and offer support. You can connect your friend to local resources that can give them information and guidance.