Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, or hurt those around you. Abuse happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships.
It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels.
Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it.
Also in this guide, the term domestic violence is intended to include violence perpetrated by current and former intimates or dating partners, including those of the opposite or same sex. 922(g) and (n), 27 CFR 178.32(a) and (b), and 924(a)(24). Thousand Oaks, London, and New Delhi: SAGE Publications.
Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over you.
An abuser doesn’t “play fair.” Abusers use fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you down and keep you under his or her thumb.
Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.