For many victims it is the most damaging aspect of abusive relationships. People who are abused by their dating or domestic partner do not stay in the relationship because they enjoy the maltreatment. is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week hotline at (314) 935-8080 that offers counseling, resources, and referrals on rape, sexual assault, abuse, relationships and more. The Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence describes abusers as being obsessively jealous and possessive, overly confident, having mood swings or a history of violence or temper, seeking to isolate their partner from family, friends and colleagues, and having a tendency to blame external stressors.Meanwhile, victims of relationship abuse share many traits as well, including: physical signs of injury, missing time at work or school, slipping performance at work or school, changes in mood or personality, increased use of drugs or alcohol, and increasing isolation from friends and family.They suggest that the victim/survivor is doing something wrong, rather than the perpetrator of the violence.
Remember, when someone hits or degrades their partner, that behavior is not provoked.
There is a pervasive myth that a person who is in an abusive relationship doesn’t leave because they enjoy the abuse, or because the maltreatment takes the form of emotional abuse, which isn’t “real abuse.” These myths are false.
Emotional abuse not only impacts the victim’s self-esteem, it can cause long- term psychological trauma.
The purpose of this section is to provide an overview of the scope of the problem of dating and domestic violence on college campuses, as well as barriers that may exist for students in accessing resources.
It is designed to dispel myths and provide information about the prevalence of these issues so that panelists will be as informed as possible about the reality of these offenses.