It happens to people of all genders, ages, religions, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic classes.The social, emotional, physical, and sexual consequences of relationship violence are severe and can be fatal.32% experienced dating violence by a previous partner.Nearly one third of college students report having physically assaulted a dating partner in the previous 12 months (Break the Cycle, Inc., 2005).If you find yourself censoring your partner’s behavior when recounting it for friends or family, this might be a sign that some part of you realizes your partner’s behavior is “wrong.” If you find yourself policing your own behavior when with your partner out of fear that they will be “upset” or “disappointed” with you for failing to live up to their (often ill-defined or volatile) expectations, this might help you identify ways in which the power balance in your relationship is unhealthy and skewed.Below are examples of common behavior patterns abusers use. Here are some other common signs of an abusive dating relationship.
Of course, this sort of black-and-white logic can be hard to apply to your own intimate relationships.
Relationship violence always progresses in severity, intensity, and frequency over time.
Sexual violence is notoriously difficult to measure, and there is no single source of data that provides a complete picture of the crime.
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