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Dating/Domestic Violence

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What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
Dating violence can be physical, sexual, verbal or emotional. Just because a person isn’t physically hurting you doesn’t mean they aren’t abusing you.  Violence and abuse have no place in a relationship. Dating violence or violence in any relationship is not about love or caring. It’s about one person trying to control another person.
It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Michigan law - Domestic Relationship Definition
  • Spouse or former spouse
  • Dating relationship or former dating relationship
  • Child in common
  • Resident or former resident of the same household
    • Including college roommates
Common Signs
Emotional & Psychological Abuse
  • Threatened harm to you, your family or your pets
  • Beliefs, race, heritage, class, religion, or sexual orientation ridiculed
  • Manipulated with lies and contradictions
  • Being convinced you are to blame for the abuse
  • Stalked 
Physical Abuse
  • Pushed, shoved or kicked
  • Slapped or bitten
  • Strangled
  • Hit or punched
  • Locked out of your home
  • Denied help when ill, injured or pregnant
  • Weapon used against you
  • By physical force, not being allowed to leave
  • Objects thrown at you
  • Abandoned in a dangerous situation

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