The goal of the abuser is to establish power over, and control of, the other person.
Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling.
These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship.
is manipulation by your partner to dictate who you see, and meet, even who you email, and text.
You may find yourself cutting ties with friends to avoid arguments. The less people you see, the more influence the abuser can exercise over you. How do you know that you have a healthy relationship?
But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
These behaviors include psychological, social, and emotional abuse, as well as physical and sexual violence.
[I]t does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what all you young people think about these days. ” “It had simply never occurred to me that these millions and millions of people might be so far from being uplifted that they would sit down and write me letters I was downright scared to open,” Jackson said later.
“[O]f the three-hundred-odd letters that I received that summer I can count only thirteen that spoke kindly to me, and they were mostly from friends.” Jackson kept all of the letters, kind and not-so-kind, and they’re currently among her papers at the Library of Congress.
Dating abuse is a controlling pattern of negative behaviors.