Lifestyles Center Blog


One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and nearly a third of college students report dating violence in their previous partner. Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or any combination of these.  Anyone come to mind? If you’re not sure, here are some warning signs of being involved in an abusive relationship.

-Your partner does not let you go out with friends, and if you do, they constantly are “checking up” on you.

-Your partner claims that you should feel lucky to be with them.

-Your partner demands special attention, whether it be emotional support, physical attention, or making a sandwich.

-Your partner tells you what decisions to make.

-Your partner twists situations to make you seem like it is your fault.

-Your partner makes you feel inferior.

Dating violence is something that happens slowly over time, so it is important to reevaluate your relationship if you feel you are experiencing any of these warning signs. You can also seek help from the Counseling Center or the OCO/SAF office in Mary Walker.

Natalie Sumski, Peer Educator