Throughout this Web site, victims are often referred to as females and abusers as male.
That reference does not change the fact that every survivor -- male or female -- deserves support, options, resources and safety.
Many abusive relationships follow a pattern of some kind.
This pattern is often referred to as the Cycle of Violence.
Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power and control in the relationship.