Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

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SafeHouse Center Definitions

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by people to control their intimate partners.  It often involves a physical assault or a threat of physical assault, but an abusive relationship may involve verbal and/or emotional abuse; sometimes it begins with these types of abuse and evolves into physical abuse.  A physical assault is almost always accompanied by one or more abusive tactics.

SafeHouse Center defines intimate partner relationships as partners who are married, formerly married, living together, formerly living together, engaged, formerly engaged, dating, formerly dating, or having a child in common. 

Dating violence, like domestic violence, is a pattern of coercive control that one person uses over someone with whom they are in an intimate relationship.  The abusive person, or batterer, uses physical violence, sexual violence, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, threats, and money to control their partner.  People of all ages date and abuse can happen at any age.

(SafeHouse Center Basic Training Manual, sections C2-C8, Revised August 22, 2007).