Dating violence versus domestic violence

Many adolescents fall victim to sexual violence from dating partners or acquaintances.

Domestic violence can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.

Abusive relationships always involve an imbalance of power and control.

You can also call a national domestic violence hotline.

At first, you might find it hard to talk about the abuse.

You might worry that telling the truth will further endanger you, your child or other family members — and that it might break up your family — but seeking help is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The longer you stay in an abusive relationship, the greater the physical and emotional toll.Domestic violence can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse and threats of abuse.Men are sometimes abused by partners, but domestic violence is most often directed toward women.Women are 10 times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner.Three women are murdered by their (ex) husband or (ex) boyfriends each day.If this sounds familiar, you might be experiencing domestic violence.