Dating Abuse is defined as a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical violence, sexual assault, and verbal or psychological abuse.
These acts may include physical, sexual, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse.
Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status.
Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women.
Click on a spoke of the wheel to learn more about one of the forms of abuse, including examples and red flags. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication / program / exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.