What It Is

Intimate partner violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner. It can occur among heterosexual sexual couples as well as same-sex couples. An abusive relationship means more than being hit by the person who claims to love or care about you. Abuse can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, or physical and can include threats, isolation, and intimidation. Abuse tends to escalate over time. When someone uses abuse and violence against a partner, it is always part of a larger pattern to try to control her/him. 

Emotional abuse:
This type of abuse is also referred to as psychological abuse.  It is often the form of abuse that is most difficult for people who have never been abused to understand. When taken out of context, emotional abuse may look "normal." For example, joking about a mistake someone has made can be a normal part of a relationship. However, when it is part of ongoing insults, criticism and put-downs, it reinforces a victim's feelings of worthlessness. 

Economic abuse:
Money is a difficult thing to negotiate in a healthy relationship.  When someone is abusive, money becomes a way to control the victim.  Economic abuse can include using the victim's credit cards or meal plan, paying for things the victim needs and using that to manipulate the victim, making someone feel guilty about their financial status, or even stealing money.

Sexual abuse:
Sexual abuse in an intimate relationship can be very confusing. Because the victim has consented to be with this person sexually, they may feel that they have to agree to everything their partner wants. In a healthy relationship, a person's sexual boundaries are always respected. The most obvious form of sexual abuse involves forcing someone to have sex. More subtle forms include pressuring or manipulating someone to have sex or to engage in sexual activities, or not allowing the victim to use birth control or protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.

Physical abuse:
In many abusive relationships, physical abuse is not very frequent. However, once someone has been physically abusive, the threat of it happening again can be a powerful way to control the victim. 

On-Campus Resources

If you or someone you know has experienced intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or any other form of violence, there are options.

*Indicates a confidential resource.

Off-Campus Contact Numbers

Dayton Police (937) 333-2677
335 W Third St, Dayton, OH 45402
Please note that 911 calls are received by the University dispatch.

Miami Valley Hospital (937) 208-8000
1 Wyoming St, Dayton, OH 45409

Kettering Medical Center (937) 298-4331
3535 Southern Blvd, Kettering, OH 45429

Regional/National 24-Hour Hotlines*:

  • Artemis Center Crisis Hotline (937) 461-4357
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-4673
  • Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (888) 886-8388
  • YWCA Dayton Crisis Hotline (937) 222-7233

*All Regional/National Hotlines listed above are confidential resources.

Local Resources

Artemis Center
310 West Monument Ave Dayton, Ohio 45402
Phone: (937) 461-5091
24 Hour Crisis Line: (937) 461-4357
Provides confidential support and information for victims of domestic violence and their children as well as a 24-Hour crisis line. Their website has facts about domestic violence and  as well as resources to inform and help others.

YWCA Dayton
141 W 3rd St Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 461-550
24 Hour Crisis Line: (937) 222-7233
Provides confidential domestic violence and sexual assault supportive services. These services include prevention, intervention, education, advocacy, clinical series, 24-Hour crisis line, and shelter services.

Family Violence Prevention Center (Greene County)
380 Bellbrook Avenue, Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: (937) 426-6535 
24 Hour Crisis Line: (937) 426-2334, (937) 372-4552
Reduces family and relationship violence and its impact in Greene County through prevention, intervention, safe-housing, and collaborative community programs.

4617 Presidential Way, Kettering, OH 45429
Phone: (937) 223-3446
Womanline  provides compassionate, affordable mental health counseling services for women to help overcome the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, and to teach young children how to protect themselves from abuse.

National Resources

Love Is Respect
Loveisrespect mobilizes parents, educators, peers and survivors to proactively raise awareness on healthy dating behaviors and how to identify unhealthy and abusive patterns. 

Office on Violence Against Women

Under the Department of Justice, the Office on Violence Against Women provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

1in6 serves as a resource to men who have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. They also help family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) strives to be the voice for victims and survivors. They do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Related Links


Women's Center

Alumni Hall 2nd Floor 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0322