Relationship violence is behavior used to establish power and control over another individual using fear, intimidation, violence, and/or threat of violence.

These behaviors can include, but are not limited to: physical, verbal, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse. Examples of abuse may include hitting, punching, slapping, throwing objects, biting, yelling, name-calling, belittling, threatening violence, stealing money, destroying possessions, isolating, or committing sexual violence.

Due to the behaviors involved in relationship violence, it is possible that they may also include violations of the JCU Sexual Harassment and Interpersonal Violence policy. To view this policy directly, please click here. This policy, as well as other Title IX information, can also be located on the Title IX webpage found here. To view the Complaint resolution Process, please click here.

Who does it happen to?

Relationship violence can happen to anyone. It occurs between casual or intimate partners (regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression), former partners, or family members.

How do I know if I am in an unhealthy relationship?

It can sometimes be hard to to detect if your relationship is heading down the wrong path. Generally, unhealthy behaviors begin gradually. Then manipulation is often used to make you think these behaviors are normal or your fault. To see a complete picture of how someone attempts to gain power and control over their partner in a relationship click here to view an interactive power and control wheel that includes scenarios.