Intimate partner violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one partner to gain control over another. This violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. It includes verbal and emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical or sexual violence, and stalking.
Is your relationship abusive?
It can be difficult to tell if your partner is abusive. Signs may not show up until months or years into the relationship.
Domestic violence is not always violent. Does your partner:
If so, you may be in an unhealthy relationship.
Sexual assault occurs any time physical activity is unwanted.
Sexual assault is any form of forced or non-consensual sexual activity. It can happen with strangers, friends, and committed partners.
All forms of sexual assault can be devastating, regardless of the level of violence or whether the victim knows the perpetrator.
Following an assault, it is not unusual to feel confused and unsure what to do.
Advocates are available to support your choices, accompany to medical exams and law enforcement interviews, and provide follow-up care.
Domestic and sexual violence can affect anyone -- including men.
Although men make up a smaller percentage of reports, there are likely many more men who do not seek help.
Many believe there are no resources or support available for male victims.
1 in 6 adult men in the U.S. will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime
Domestic violence is not about size, gender or strength. It is about abuse, control and power whether you are a man or a woman.
It can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal or financial.
Regardless of the situation, our 24-hour hotline is available with no-cost confidential support.
Teen dating violence happens between age 11 and 18. Watch for warning signs and reach for help when needed.
What you can do:
Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel afraid, nervous, harassed or in danger. When someone contacts you repeatedly, follows, or threatens you. Stalking can be in person, on the phone, with texts, emails or posting information and photos about you on social media.
Stalking is part of an abusive relationship.
Stalkers can be someone known or unknown, someone from the past, or a current partner.
Stalking is a crime and can be dangerous.
If someone is stalking you: