dating violence - - 2003-07-25 19:20:35
Dating violence is one person purposely causing physical, emotional or psychological harm to another person they are dating, including sexual assault and physical abuse. Domestic violence is very common and affects people from all walks of life.
Domestic violence is much more than physical abuse and identifying what behaviors are part of domestic violence is not always easy, even for victims themselves. Ask yourself the following questions and try to answer honestly.
Does your partner...
*Call you names, such as bitch, slut, fat, stupid, etc?
*Humiliate and/or embarrass you in front of other people?
*Put you down or criticize you and make you feel like you can't do anything right or that no one else would want you?
*Use emotional, psychological or economic control?
*Commit acts of physical violence, such as grab, push, hit, punch, slap, kick, or choke you?
*Get extremely jealous or possessive?
*Prevent you from going where you want to, when you want to, and with whomever you choose as a companion?
*Always check up on what you have been doing, and not believe your answers?
*Force you to have sex when you don't want to or to perform sexual acts against your own will?
*Say that if you try to leave, he will kill himself or you?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. Keep in mind that violence almost always increases over time. Being a victim of dating violence is not your fault, and you are not alone. Millions of women are abused by their partners every year.
What Can I do?
Domestic Violence Safety Plan (English)
Plan De Seguridad Personal Contra La Violencia Domestica (Spanish)
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