Abuse is based on having power and control over a dating partner
Abuse is based on the intention to have power and to maintain control over an intimate partner. This can include controlling where a partner goes, what they do, who they can spend time with, what they wear or eat, as well as controlling how they feel. Anything done with the intention of gaining power or maintaining control in a relationship is a form of abuse.
For more information on power and control, check out our blog or the power and control wheel under the PDF section of Resources.
Warning sings are the indicators that abuse is occurring
Warning signs, or red flags, are the patterns of unhealthy or abusive behavior within an intimate relationship. These can include physical, emotional, psychological, or technological changes, such as changes in appearance, clothing or self-esteem; isolation from family and friends; a shift in social media presence; signs of fear, anxiety, or paranoia; loss of autonomy, and more.
For more examples of warning signs check out this blog post:
Warning Signs of TDV