Relationship Violence and Abuse

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


What is relationship violence?

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

Relationship violence is the intentional intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, or any other abusive behavior in an intimate relationship. This can even be seen in the form of digital harassment – excessive texting or pressuring to send sexts or nude photos. Sometimes, initial signs of an abusive relationship are not obvious and develop slowly over time. Both men and women can be victims of relationship violence in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and not be physically or emotionally harmed by another person.

What can I do?

If you are in an abusive relationship, talk to someone you trust immediately about steps to take to safely get out of the relationship as soon as possible. You can also seek therapy or a domestic violence support group to help you move on.

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.

Types of Abuse:

Unwanted touching, demanding/forcing sex, withholding sex as a form of control

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

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

Having to account for every moment of your time, your partner controls your life, feel as though you can’t do anything right in your partners' eyes

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