Dating and Domestic Violence

Definitions and Terms

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or UNTHSC Police at 817-735-2600.

Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic violence includes a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the complainant; by a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with complainant as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of a complaint under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or by any other person against an adult or youth complainant who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

Red Flags and Warning Signs

  • Any type of force during an argument
  • Blames others for their own feelings
  • Breaking or striking objects
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Manipulation
  • Controlling behavior
  • Past episodes of dating/domestic violence
  • Threats of violence
  • Verbal abuse

How can you help a friend who is in an abusive relationship?

  • Acknowledge that the individual is in a difficult and scary situation. Let the person know that she/he is not alone.
  • Support, listen, and be available. Remember that it may be difficult for the individual to talkabout theabuse.
  • Be nonjudgmental and respect the individual’s decisions. There are many reasons why she/he may stay in an abusive relationship. Do not criticize the persons choice to stay.
  • Show you are concerned. Describe what you see is going on and that you want to help. Let the person know that she/he deserves a healthy, non-violent relationship.
  • If the individual breaks up with the abuser, continue to be supportive. She/he may feel sad or lonely and be tempted to return to the abuser.
  • Encourage the individual to talk with professionals who can offer support.

Preventing Dating and Domestic Violence

Loveisrespect offers a variety of ways you can take action against abuse. Learn more .

The Prevalence of Dating and Domestic Violence

  • More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) ages 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).

Resources

References

If you or someone you know is impacted by dating or domestic violence, get help now.

This page was last modified on October 1, 2017