Violence Destroys Relationships… and People
Did you know?
- Partner abuse occurs in one-fourth to one-third of all relationships.
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are just as likely as heterosexuals to experience relationship violence and it is just as severe.
- Partner abuse crosses all social, ethnic, racial, and economic lines.
- You cannot tell if someone is being abused or is an abuser based on an individual's strength, size, gender, appearance, politics or personality.
- What may begin as emotional and verbal abuse can quickly turn into physical violence, and even be life threatening.
- Relationship violence/partner abuse is against the law in California.
What is Relationship Violence?
Relationship violence is also called partner abuse, domestic violence, battering and/or intimate partner abuse.
It is an ongoing pattern of behaviors where one person tries to control the thoughts, beliefs, or actions of their partner or someone they are in a relationship with.
Controlling behaviors might include:
Physical Abuse: any hands-on physical force including hitting, pushing, choking, slapping, denying medications, sleep deprivation.
Emotional Abuse: threats, name-calling, jealousy, lying, isolating, guilt tripping, blaming, minimizing, keeping track of calls/web activity/movements, blocking exits.
Sexual Abuse: any unwanted sexual touch including kissing, groping, rape, forcing sex and/or sex with others, forced viewing of porn, exposure to HIV or sexually transmitted infections.
Economic Abuse: not allowing or forcing work, controlling money, forcing to live above means, stealing, identity theft.
Cultural/Identity Abuse: threat of outing partner’s sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status, or any other personal information. Using partner’s race, class, age, immigration status, religion, size, physical ability, language and/or ethnicity, against them.
Do you think you might be a victim/survivor of same-sex relationship violence?
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Resources and Safety Planning
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Resources and Information for Offenders
Relationship Violence Treatment & Intervention Program (RVTIP)
The Center offers group and individual counseling to both victims and offenders struggling with same-sex relationship violence. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are served as well as adults. This program is probation/court-certified for court-ordered clients.
Specific services include:
- Assessment services
- Individual counseling for victims/survivors of same-sex relationship violence
- Individual counseling for offenders of same-sex relationship violence
- Court-certified 52-week counseling program for voluntary as well as court-mandated individuals to receive treatment for same-sex relationship violence
For more information, contact our Information and Referral Specialist at 619.692.2077 x208 or
You may also contact Dr. Amanda Quayle at 619.692.2077 x214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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