For more information about other types of abuse not from someone you are dating, married to, or being intimate with, please go to the section below about Different Types of Abuse.Go to our page just for friends to how to help someone who is experiencing abuse, How Can I Help?Dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.While we define dating abuse as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.There are three phases in the cycle of violence: (1) Tension-building Phase, (2) Acute or Crisis Phase, and (3) Calm or Honeymoon Phase.Without intervention, the frequency and severity of the abuse tends to increase over time.
You may also read about teen dating violence on New Beginnings main page.
Emotional/Verbal A relationship can be unhealthy or abusive even without physical violence.
Verbal abuse may not cause physical damage, but it does cause emotional pain and scarring.
It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.
Read about defining intimate relationships on our Healthy Relationships page.