Defining Relationship Violence

Relationship violence is a societal epidemic, affecting people of every age, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Although young adults age 16-24 are at greatest risk, they often don't think relationship violence happens to them. You must first know the signs before we can work for a new societal status quo and ultimately change these statistics. 

What is Relationship Violence?

More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the US will be in a violent relationship in their lifetime.

National intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey - 2010 Summary Report. National Center for injury prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 50% of these women and nearly 40% of these men experience relationship violence for the first time between 18-24.

National intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey - 2010 Summary Report. National Center for injury prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

57% report it is difficult to identify dating violence. 58% of college students say they don't know what to do to help someone who is a victim of relationship violence.

Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. (Formerly: Liz Claiborne, Inc.). Conducted by Knowledge Networks, (December 2010). "College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll."

Learn the Signs of Relationship Violence

10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

These warning signs can help you determine whether you are heading toward a dangerous relationship. While these signs do not guarantee escalation to violence, they are very strong indicators. Ask questions. Educate yourself. Talk about it.

  1. 1

    Intensity

    Over the top behavior that feels like too much too soon. Lying to cover up insecurity. Obsessive behavior

  2. 2

    Jealousy

    Irrational, angry behavior when you speak with someone he or she perceives as a threat. Persistently accusing you of flirtatious or inappropriate behavior.

  3. 3

    Control

    Telling you what to wear, who to hang out with, when to speak or what to think.

  4. 4

    Isolation

    Insisting you only spend time with him or her. Making you dependent on him or her for money, love, or acceptance.

  5. 5

    Sabotage

    Making you miss school, work, or something important to you by starting a fight, pretending to be sick, breaking up with you, or hiding your phone or keys.

  1. 6

    Criticism

    Calling you names. Brainwashing you to feel worthless.

  2. 7

    Blame

    Making you feel guilty. Making you feel like everything is your fault.

  3. 8

    Anger

    Overreacting to small issues. Losing control. Violent outbursts. Making you feel afraid.

  4. 9

    Alcohol

    Becoming overly-emotional after drinking. Sobbing, threatening to harm oneself, becoming violent or angry. Not remembering what happened while drunk. Using ‘I was drunk’ as an excuse for poor behavior.

  5. 10

    Group Conquest

    Acting different when in a group than when alone. Treating partners as conquests. Sexual one-upmanship.

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