It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.
But you don't control how your partner acts, and you can't make someone mistreat you.Keep in mind that if you sometimes hit your partner first, you can get help learning how to stop.It occurs in both heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. If you have been the victim of dating or domestic violence, you are not alone. Please see the links to the right for resources and for more information about dating and domestic violence The behaviors associated with relationship abuse all stem from one person's use of power and control over another.While it is important to remember that we all have different cultural practices, beliefs, and experiences that shape our view of what intimate relationships look like, everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minn., developed a tool called the the power and control wheel [PDF] that illustrates these relationships.The power and control wheel has been adapted to reflect the experience of college students here at UW-Madison.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
You can ask your doctor about types of birth control that your partner doesn't have to know you are using. Return to top If you think you are in an abusive relationship, learn more about getting help.
If you are under 18, your partner could get arrested for having sex with you, even if you agreed to have sex. See a doctor or nurse to take care of any physical problems. Friends, family, and mental health professionals all can help. If you are thinking about ending an abusive dating relationship, keep some tips in mind: If you are ending a long-term or live-in dating relationship, you may want to read our section on domestic and intimate partner violence.
Return to top If you are meeting someone you don't know or don't know well, you can take steps to stay safe.
Try to: Return to top Date rape drugs are drugs that are sometimes put into a drink to prevent a person from being able to fight back during a rape.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.