Domestic/dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen in straight or gay relationships. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
Several different terms may be used to describe dating violence, including but not limited to:
- Relationship abuse
- Intimate partner violence
- Relationship violence
- Dating violence
- Domestic abuse or domestic violence
If you know someone who is experiencing dating violence, you can help. If you are in an abusive relationship or have experienced dating violence in the past, remember that you are not alone. There are people available to help you obtain the services and support you need.
We highly encourage you to make an appointment with a professional counselor at The Counseling Center (504) 314-2277 to process your experiences and to begin the healing and recovery process.
In addition, the staff in the Office of Case Management and Victim Support Services (504) 314-2160, or a trained member of SAPHE (Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline & Education), can provide you with further support and resources that may be helpful.
SAPHE is available 24 hours a day during the spring and fall semesters while classes are in session by calling (504) 654-9543.