University of Vermont

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Relationship Violence

Relationship violence is a series of tactics used by a person to gain and maintain control over their partner/girlfriend/boyfriend. These tactics can be physical, psychological and/or sexual in nature.

Tactics used in violent relationships can include (but are not limited to):

  • Punching
  • Choking
  • Restraining
  • Name calling
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Threatening to harm the person or others
  • Withholding intimacy
  • Sexual assault

Relationship Violence Warning Signs

If you find yourself being uncomfortable with a partner's behavior or the behavior of a friend's partner, there's probably a good reason for it. Read on here for more information.

Power and Control Wheel

Is your relationship based on power and control OR equality? Click here to determine where things stand in your relationships.

Last modified August 22 2013 03:10 PM