Domestic abuse has been known to occur in same sex relationships as well as opposite sex relationships.
According to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence General Information Packet (2007), almost 95% of DV victims are women.
It felt so warm and comfortable for Gwen to be in Paul's arms.
He stroked her back and they began to kiss-- affectionately at first and then with increasing passion.
The victim stays silent because of fear and shame and the abuser wants his behavior hidden. Although much of the focus is on women who experience violence from men, as the majority of people who are abused are women, men can also experience relationship violence and women can be perpetrators.
Abuse shapes and defines society, the lives of victims, and the lives of abusers. The media, entertainment, and sports industries all reinforce this acceptability. It is important to note that we still do not understand much about men experiencing domestic violence.
If you don’t want to talk to a stranger, find someone you trust, such as a family member, close friend or even a school counselor, and talk to them about your relationship.
It’s easier to avoid dating violence if you know the signs to look for.
Paul could sense her pulling away from him and asked if she was okay.
She sighed and replied that she was “just tired.” They turned on the tv instead of heading to the bedroom.
Childhood abuse doesn't have to stand in the way of you having a close and intimate relationship. Gwen and her husband, Paul, were snuggling on the couch.