Speaking Out Against Relationship Violence

Relationship Violence

Relationship violence is when someone uses power or control to make a romantic partner feel hurt, scared, or humiliated. It is usually a pattern of this behavior that is used to get someone to do what another person wants. Love should not involve control, fear, or intimidation.

Why Speak Out?

Relationship violence can cause physical injury, emotional harm, and interfere with school performance. The targets of relationship violence may be unable to identify that they are in a violent relationship or may be afraid to report the abuse. Targets may try to change their partner, but experience shows this almost never works. Violence in relationship usually escalates with short-term cycles of apologies and promises of change.

The presence of relationship violence at school can cause physical and emotional harm to the students involved or others. You deserve an environment that is free from intimidation, fear, and violence.

Relationship violence cause physical and emotional harm. The targets of relationship violence may be afraid to report it.

What to do?

If you know about relationship violence, tell an adult you trust or contact Students Speaking Out.

Your voice can make a difference by creating an environment free from intimidation, fear, and violence.


Relationship violence isn’t an argument every once in a while, or a bad mood after a bad day. It is a pattern of controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend.

Abuse can cause injury and even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse – constant insults, isolation from family and friends, name calling, controlling what someone wears-and it can also include sexual abuse.

Love Is Respect

Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties

(800) 648-1227