Dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner.
They usually keep track of all of the victim’s actions and conversations.
Dating abuse can happen to anyone, no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, income level, educational and/or national background!
It is important for victims/survivors of abuse to find local resources like a domestic violence agency or counselor and to have trusted friends or family members who can keep their confidentiality and give them nonjudgmental support.
When a victim/survivor of abuse is thinking about leaving their abusive relationship, it is best to ask for help.
Leaving an abusive relationship can be dangerous, so if you or anyone you know is being abused, please contact a local domestic violence agency or counselor to help plan for safety.