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Dating violence can happen in many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional/verbal abuse, stalking, coercive and controlling behavior, harassment, and exploitation. It can occur in person, online, or through various forms of technology. Dating violence happens everywhere and can affect anyone regardless of their age, race, or sexual orientation.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and respected in their relationship. When both people in a relationship feel understood and heard it keeps one person in the relationship from feeling like they are giving into the wants and needs of the other. Healthy relationships are built on communication, respect and mutual understanding.  Abusive relationships are built on power, control, and fear. Abusers use various different tactics to gain and maintain power and control over their dating partners. 

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