Defining Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person in order to maintain power and control in a relationship. These behaviors include physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.

Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is any form of unwanted, unwelcome, forceful or coercive sexual contact. These behaviors include but are not limited to: lewdness, peer sexual harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and rape. Although sometimes called by different names, the common thread that binds these behaviors together are issues of control, power and violence.

Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship. Several different words have been used to describe teen dating violence such as relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, relationship violence, dating abuse, domestic violence.


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