When they arrived in Georgia the abuse intensified and turned from verbal to physical abuse.Stacey couldn’t bear the thought of her son mirroring her boyfriend’s abuse behavior, so she called our hotline, desperate for help and a way out.
Dating abuse or dating violence is defined as the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.
It is also when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse/violence.
Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.
The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.
90 days ago “Stacey” came into our program along with her ten year old son.
Stacey and her abusive fiancé moved to Georgia from North Carolina for employment opportunities for him.
Abuse can occur regardless of the couple's age, race, income, or other demographic traits.
There are, however, many traits that abusers and victims share in common.
This abuse/violence can take a number of forms: sexual assault, sexual harassment, threats, physical violence, verbal, mental, or emotional abuse, social sabotage, and stalking.