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Relationship Violence

Relationship violence, also sometimes referred to as dating violence, domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological acts or threats of actions that harm another person. This includes behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, coerce, blame or injure someone.

Abuse can happen to anyone. People stay in abusive relationships for many reasons, including fear, belief that their abuser needs help and will change, and because they care about the person. No one deserves to be in an abusive relationship.  Help is available. For more information about relationship violence, visit Love is Respect

The definition of Relationship Violence from the Anti-Harassment Policy is listed below:

Relationship Violence

Any physical, sexual and/or psychological harm against an individual by a current or former intimate or romantic partner. Intimate or romantic partners may be dating, cohabitating, married, separated or divorced, and may be of the same or opposite sex.


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