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.
Dating violence is committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
Dating violence is the act of threatening to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person.
A "dating" relationship is determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship and the frequency of interaction between the individuals involved in the relationship.