Dating violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious lines.
Dating violence occurs in heterosexual and gay and lesbian relationships.
Relationship violence can occur at school — in the hall, in the classroom, in the parking lot, on the bus or in a car, at after-school activities, at a student’s workplace, at a school dance, or at a student’s home.
In teenage dating relationships, the abuse is often public with peers witnessing the abuse; however, the abuse can also occur in private.
Dating violence can occur between two people who are currently in a casual dating relationship or in a long-term serious relationship or who were formerly involved in a dating relationship.
In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other partner through abuse.
One of the basic human rights he takes away from you is the right to be angry with him.
No matter how badly he treats you, he believes that your voice shouldn’t rise and your blood shouldn’t boil. When your anger does jump out of you—as will happen to any abused woman from time to time—he is likely to try to jam it back down your throat as quickly as he can.
The longer you stay in an abusive relationship, the more intense the violence will become. Hurt, frustration, anger, and sometimes a sense of relief can make break-ups feel overwhelming.
Then he uses your anger against you to prove what an irrational person you are. You may develop physical or emotional reactions to swallowing your anger, such as depression, nightmares, emotional numbing, or eating and sleeping problems, which your partner may use as an excuse to belittle you further or make you feel crazy.” ― Lundy Bancroft, “The scars from mental cruelty can be as deep and long-lasting as wounds from punches or slaps but are often not asobvious.