What is Dating/Domestic Violence?

A pattern of physically, sexually, verbally, and/or emotionally abusive or controlling behavior in a dating relationship.

Dating/Domestic violence is more than a bruised face or broken arm. It includes:

  • Physical Abuse -Any unwanted contact with the other person’s body. Physical abuse does not have to leave a mark or a bruise.
  • Sexual Abuse -Any sexual behavior that is unwanted or interferes with the other person’s right to say “no” to sexual advances.
  • Emotional Abuse -Saying or doing something to the other person that causes the person to be afraid and/or have lower self-esteem.