Dating violence can occur in a romantic relationship and includes controlling, aggressive or abusive behavior. This can include verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or a combination of these. It can happen in straight or gay relationships. Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. Some victims only experience violence occasionally and others are abused more often, sometimes daily.
Some examples of controlling behavior include:
- Having to be with you all the time
- Texting or calling you very frequently to find out what you are doing and who you are with
- Telling you what you should wear
- Not letting you hang out or talk to your friends
Verbal and emotional abuse can include:
- Name calling
- Threatening to hurt you, your loved ones, or the person making the threat (themselves)
- Putting you down (belittling you)
Sexual abuse can include:
- Forcing you to do sexual things
- Unwanted touching and kissing
- Not letting use birth control or not protecting against STDs
- Forcing you to have sex
Physical abuse can include:
- Hair pulling
The counseling center provides free services to UW-W students. During the academic year, a professional advocate is available to discuss concerns about dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. To make an appointment or to find out more, you can call 472-1305. Both of these resources are free and confidential. For more information about resources that are available to you at UW-Whitewater, please visit http://www.uww.edu/sasa/
The WCADV/WCASA LGBTQ Resource Library provides an overview of resources that are available to LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
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