Relationship violence is a crime that is commonly misunderstood in our society.
You may have heard people say things like, “Why would she /he stay with him/her if they are abusing them ? ” These comments and questions can be hurtful and blaming of the person who is experiencing the violence.
They suggest that the victim/survivor is doing something wrong, rather than the perpetrator of the violence.
In reality, there are a myriad of reasons why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships that no one can understand except the person being abused.
They're losers." "Your parents don't understand our relationship.
I’d rather you didn’t go to their house." "I don’t like them.
Loving someone does not mean that you can never say “no” to sex.These acts may include physical, sexual, verbal, mental or emotional abuse. It doesn't matter what your gender is, what your sexual orientation is, how old you are, how much money you have, how athletic or popular you are, or who your family is.Anyone can find themselves involved with someone who chooses to use these controlling behaviors.Dating abuse happens to young people from every socio-economic group regardless of race, religion, academic ability or economic background. Use clear language to describe what you see is happening. Tactics used in youth dating abuse include one or more of the following: There are many reasons why teens don’t tell parents about the abuse. Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation.