Dating violence vs domestic violence

A healthy relationship is free from physical, emotional, and sexual violence.

Qualities like respect, good communication, and honesty are important parts of a healthy relationship.

Sexual abuse includes, but is certainly not limited to, marital rape, attacks on sexual parts of the body, forcing sex after physical violence has occurred, or treating one in a sexually demeaning manner.

Remember, the abuse is never your fault, and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Find healthy relationship and dating abuse handouts, resources, and more here.

This type of abuse also includes denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and/or drug use upon him or her.

Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent.

Psychological Abuse: Elements of psychological abuse include - but are not limited to - causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner's family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.

Educating teens about the importance and value of respect (both respect for oneself and respect for other people) may enable them to form healthy relationships before they start to dateā€”to prevent dating violence before it starts.

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