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Dating and Domestic Violence

Definitions to Know

Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.


Protection Order is a document that is signed by a judge that offers civil protection from domestic violence.

  • For information about the different types of protection orders and how to obtain a protection order in the state of Ohio, please click here.


 Domestic Violence Includes the Following

  • Power 
  • Control
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Threats
  • Physical abuse
  • Isolation
  • Intimidation



  • 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk for nonfatal intimate partner violence.
  • 30% of college students have been in relationships that involve physical aggression.

*Statistics from Ncadv.org


Questions to Assess if You Are in an Abusive Relationship

  • Are you frightened of your partner’s temper and walk on eggshells around him/her so he/she does not explode?
  • Does your partner isolate you from your family/friends?
  • Does your partner control what you do, what you wear, or where you go?
  • Do you express your opinions and state your needs less and less?
  • Are you afraid that your partner would kill himself/herself if you left him?
  • Do you do what your partner says in order to avoid trouble?
  • Have you been forced to have sex against your will?
  • Have you been hit, choked, locked up, slapped, shoved, threatened, tied up, burned, or bitten?
  • Does your partner act extremely jealous?
  • Does your partner blame abusive behavior on alcohol or drugs?
  • Does your partner destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
  • Does your partner humiliate you or yell at you?
  • Does your partner act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?


Why People Stay in Abusive Relationships

  • Love
  • Fear
  • Economic and financial dependence
  • Religious, cultural, or societal views
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Any attempt by the survivor to consult authorities is seen as a threat to the abuser and the victim may be battered for her/his attempts for help
  • May think that no one will believe her/him
  • The survivor may think it is her/his fault
  • The honeymoon period: the batterer may be loving, apologetic, quiet, and seem sincere


Additional Information:



  •  Ohio Domestic Violence NetworkThis is an organization working to support and strengthen Ohio’s response to domestic violence. It includes a list of the different domestic violence resources based in Ohio.



"This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-WA-AX-0003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women."