Dating abuse warning signs
argues that while men inflict the greater share of injuries in domestic violence, researchers and society at large must not overlook the substantial minority of injuries inflicted by women.
Additionally, Strauss notes that even relatively minor acts of physical aggression by women are a serious concern: 'Minor' assaults perpetrated by women are also a major problem, even when they do not result in injury, because they put women in danger of much more severe retaliation by men.
It may be hard for your child to talk about problems in his or her dating life.
The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.
That’s because domestic abuse is about controlling someone’s mind and emotions as much as hurting their body. It can be hard for you to see your partner’s actions for what they really are. You may be scared to say what you think, to bring up certain topics, or to say no to sex.
The violence often ramps up once you’ve been cut off from other people. If you’re afraid of your partner, that’s a big red flag.
And that’s true whether the abusive partner is a woman or another man.
It may be emotional or verbal, like taking away keys, medicines, or other essentials. That’s why it may help to start with a call to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).