Relationship Violence

Many terms are used to describe the pattern of coercive and abusive tactics utilized by one partner in a relationship to gain power and control over the other partner: domestic violence, dating violence, battering, spouse abuse, and wife beating. For the purpose of this handbook, we will use the term relationship violence.

Ask for and give consent:  This guide to consent will help.  Remember, consent can only be given if both people are clear-headed (not under the influence of drugs or alcohol), give and receive clear verbal and non-verbal cues, and feel no pressure.

Definitions

Myths/Facts

Safety Plan

Power and Control Wheel

The Cycle of Violence

Signs of a Battering Personality

What You Can Do