Sometimes it is easy to recognize. Sometimes not. It might be hidden from others. You might feel ashamed to tell someone. Or scared.
If your relationship makes you feel nervous, uncomfortable or scared, you could be experiencing Intimate Partner Violence. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says this can include four types of behavior and it is not just being hit by another person:
- Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.
- Sexual violence is forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act, sexual touching, or a non-physical sexual event (e.g., sexting) when the partner does not or cannot consent.
- Psychological aggression is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm another person mentally or emotionally and/or exert control over another person.
- Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone close to the victim.
The CDC also says:
“Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.”
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