Adolescent & Young Adult 

Information & Resources

What is Dating Violence?

Dating violence is a pattern of controlling behavior by using physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and cyber abuse. Some examples of these controlling behaviors include:

  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity

  • Isolating you from family and friends

  • Checking your cellphone or email without permission

  • Constantly putting you down

Warning signs of dating violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.

The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence is any type of nonconsensual sexual interaction, ranging from unwanted sexual comments to sexual assault. 

Inequality, oppression, and discrimination are the root causes of sexual violence. Harmful social norms, such as the belief that women are inferior to men, contribute to the occurrence of sexual violence.

Teen Power and Control Wheel