The girlfriend tries to leave but the RA says, “You’re not going anywhere until we get to the bottom of this,” and blocks her from leaving. Relationship abuse/violence is often very hard to identify.
It can often follow learned behavior patterns that come from family, culture and media.
It’s not uncommon for them to blame the victim for their violence. It isn’t caused by stress, alcohol or other drugs though these factors can trigger a specific incidence of violence.
Abuse is an intentional act that one person uses to control the other.
Dating/relationship violence or domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
This wheel represents a snapshot of what a violent teen dating relationship looks like.
Abusive partners have learned to abuse so that they can get what they want.
Physical abuse is any unwanted contact with the other person’s body and does not have to leave a mark or bruise (including but not limited to): Research indicates that survivors of partner rape are more likely to be raped multiple times when compared to stranger and acquaintance rape survivors.
Teen Dating Violence or Intimate Personal Violence in Teen Relationships is defined as “Behavior that is controlling, abusive, and aggressive toward one partner in a relationship.
While it doesn't cover every survivor's experience, it does portray the most common tactics teen abusers use against their dating partners.
You will notice that the center, or hub, of the wheel is "Power and Control." This is at the very heart of this wheel because power and control are the reasons abusers choose to use violence and other tactics against their dating partners.
It’s not always easy to spot an abusive relationship.
Many abusers don’t take responsibility for their actions.
The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women.