There are many different types of dating violence such as physical violence, sexual violence, psychological abuse, economic abuse, and stalking. Dating and relationship violence is a pattern of coercive and abusive tactics that are done by one person in a relationship to gain power and control over another person. It is okay to say no to sex during a relationship. If you are forced to any sexual activity, it is sexual abuse.
LGBTQ+ Relationship Violence
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals can experience slightly different dating violence. It can be a bit different because it can involve outing a person’s sexual orientation. It can also include reinforcing fears that no one will help the individual because of their sexual orientation. They can also question the individual’s commitment to the relationship.
Warning Signs of Abusive Behaviors
- Exhibits jealousy when you talk to others
- Consistently accuses a partner of flirting or cheating
- Tries to control where you go, whom you go with, what you wear, say, do, etc.
- Attempts to isolate you from loved ones
- Uses force, coercion, or manipulation in sexual activity
- Degrades or puts you down
Resources for Learning More about Intimate Partner Violence
Dating Violence and Abuse, Office on Women’s Health
Dating Violence, U.S. Department of Justice
Preventing Teen Dating Violence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Power and Control: Break Free From Abuse, National Domestic Violence Hotline
Written by Denisse Ochoa, BA Sociology Candidate at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, ZCenter Outreach Intern
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