What is relationship violence?

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.

Who does it happen to?

Relationship violence can happen to anyone. It occurs between casual or intimate partners of the same or opposite sex, former partners, roommates, 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.