Dating in relationship violence
It is expressed in a range of harmful behaviours — from threats, to emotional maltreatment, to physical and sexual aggression.
While some forms of abusive behaviour, such as acts of physical assault, could result in charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, others, such as ridiculing or otherwise being verbally abusive, are harmful but not criminal offences.
It can take many forms, including physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual or economic abuse.
Abusive relationships may include sexual violence, which is a form of physical violence.
Loving someone does not mean that you can never say “no” to sex.
No matter what kind of relationship you have, if you are forced to have sex, it is rape.
You may have heard people say things like, “Why would she/he/they stay with him/her/them if they are abusing them? ” These comments and questions can be hurtful and blaming of the person who is experiencing the violence.
They suggest that the survivor is doing something wrong, rather than that the perpetrator of the violence is at fault.
While anger can be provoked during an argument, abuse is a choice the perpetrator makes to establish control.
Perpetrators often attempt highly specific forms of abuse based on identity and community dynamics, including: Unfortunately, dating and domestic abuse is a problem for college students and is often a risk factor of abuse in subsequent relationships and marriages.
Below is a list of warning signs of abusive behaviors.
It is an intentional act or set of acts designed to force the abused partner to submit to the will of the abuser.
Dating violence is a significant and widespread social problem.