Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different.But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.They may be embarrassed or ashamed, and may blame themselves. Tell them that you are concerned for their safety and well-being and that you are there for them. They may be afraid their parents will make them break up, convinced that it is their fault or that their parents will blame them or be disappointed in them, and afraid of losing privileges. Ask them what they would like to have happen..can you help them be safe. Educate yourself—access online resources, read, call Caring Unlimited for information and/or support for yourself! Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.
If you have concerns about what’s happening in your relationship, contact us. Sexual coercion Sexual coercion lies on the ‘continuum’ of sexually aggressive behavior.
They are often afraid of retaliation from their partner for telling.
They may have little or no experience with healthy dating relationships and confuse jealousy with love.
It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.
Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.