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Jump to navigation. Dating abuse also known as dating violence, intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control. Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
We are the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Please join us as we forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Join the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen in straight or gay relationships.