Types of Abuse
Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors that one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case. Abuse comes in many forms — it’s not just physical. By learning about the common types of abuse, you'll be better able to recognize the warning signs if you or someone you know is ever experiencing dating violence.
Power and Control Wheel
The Power and Control Wheel is a tool that helps explain the different ways an abusive partner can use power and control to manipulate a relationship.
Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?
People who have never experienced abuse often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t understand that breaking up can be more complicated than it seems. There are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships. If you have a friend in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, support them by understanding why they may not want to or be able to leave.