Problems with dating violence

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Lack of money, racial bias, language barriers, immigration status, anti-gay or lesbian beliefs, and religious beliefs can create barriers for survivors.Women and Men: Women are more likely to be abused, but men may also be survivors.The violence usually gets worse over time, increasing in both frequency and severity.

Those organizations say the information one agency has too often remains cut off from other agencies that need it.

Just as the use of physical violence on the street is illegal, the use of physical violence in a relationship is an illegal act for which the abuser can be arrested and prosecuted. Yet, all abusers use similar ways to get what they want and keep power and control.

Batterers can be charming, sweet and apologetic one minute and abusive the next.

Studies have shown children who grow up in homes where abuse occurs are more likely to be violent with their intimate partners as adults.

Domestic violence occurs when a person uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, stalking, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or economic abuse to control another partner in a relationship.

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