What is Dating Violence



Dating violence is defined as:

  • violence committed by a person
  • who is or has been in a social relationship
  • of a romantic or intimate nature.

Dating violence is a pattern of coercive or abusive behaviors used to obtain and maintain power and control in a relationship.

Abusive behaviors can be:

  • emotional
  • verbal
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • physical

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • name-calling, insults, put-downs
  • keeping or limiting a person from contacting family or friends (isolation)
  • withholding money, food or other necessities
  • stopping a person from getting or keeping a job, getting to class, staying in school
  • actual or threatened physical harm (including throwing objects)
  • sexual assault (including pressuring or forcing sexual activity)
  • stalking
  • possessiveness or extreme jealousy
  • intimidation
  • physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, strangulation, etc.)
  • emotional isolation/manipulation

Did you know?

  • Dating violence can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, family upbringing, socio-economic status.
  • Dating violence is antithetical to our Siena values and to our vision of what it means to live and learn in a safe, respectful and inclusive community.
  • Dating violence is also violation of Siena College’s Code of Conduct. More information about dating violence can be found in The Human Rights Policy and Procedures, which can be found in the Siena Life Student Handbook or online