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Dating abuse is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking. It is a pattern of behavior that one person uses over another person in a relationship in order to gain or maintain power and control over that person.

Dating abuse and intimate partner violence are typically not one-time incidents, but a pattern of abusive behavior (physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial, stalking, etc.) over time that causes fear and/or harm. As the pattern continues, the abuser uses manipulation and/or physical domination to maintain power and control over their partner.

Dating abuse can happen in casual dating as well as long-term relationships; it can happen in person or electronically. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, education, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, or culture. While the vast majority of abusers are males and most victims are female, females can be abusers and males can be victims of dating abuse.

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Upcoming Events for Teens and Young Adults and those who love them!

Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Dating Abuse and Sexual Assault
April 22-23rd
Hotel Boulderado
Boulder, CO
Featuring Keynote Jackson Katz, gender violence prevention educator & performance by Larissa Marten, performance artist and survivor
Join us for this 2-day event designed with unique aspects for engagement and solid learning objectives!

To register and more information:

Escalation Workshop
Presented by the Ashley Doolittle Foundation
April 10; 6:30pm
Grace Place
Berthoud, CO

For more information, click here for the flyer!