Abusive Relationships: What You Need to Know Before You Leave

If you're considering leaving an abusive relationship or know someone who is, be sure to plan ahead to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

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Campus Sex...With a Syllabus

Lessons about consent have been few and far between for many. Check out what Jonathan Kalin, founder of the organization Party with Consent has to say about the messages received from media about sex and how this contrasts with real life. 

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Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Relationship Education
    Accessing knowledge to enhance your positive contributions to a relationship in the present or future
    Risky Behaviors
    Learning what behaviors put you and your relationship at risk for distress and ways to create more adaptive behaviors
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • No Yelling...And 9 Other Rules for Fair Fighting

    Such an important topic as conflict is totally normal and expected in all relationships. If we are bound to have conflicts, we can at least be prepared for how to handle them in the best manner possible. The Relevate team loves this advice and the follow up steps offered by Michelle at the #staymarried blog. The way in which you fight has a lot of influence on your wellness.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • The Importance of Being an Adult Kids Can Talk To...

    Although sometimes hard to believe, teenagers report that the most helpful thing in their lives that they want is a trusted adut to talk to. When kids have experienced stressors and adversity, that adult connection can boost their resiliency with life-long consequences.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Substance Use & Addiction
    Understanding how alcohol and drug use can influence relationships and options for responding to and recovering from it
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Sexual Assault: Symptoms & Recovery

    "Sexual assault is traumatic. This can mean months, and likely years, of struggling with anxiety, depression, intrusive memories, and intimacy difficulties. It is highly suggested that you seek treatment sooner rather than later." 

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Future Sexual Violence

    "Sexually abused teens are twice as likely to experience peer sexual violence...Fortunately, the cycle can be broken." If you or a teen you know has experienced sexual violence, this article discusses how to identify trauma, risk factors for future sexual violence, and how you can help yourself or the teen break the cycle of abuse.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • How Denial and Victim Blaming Keep Sexual Assault Hidden

    Sexual assault is a pervasive issue that has remained far too invisible for far too long. In a sea of perpetrators being made visible in the time of #MeToo, the story of Larry Nassar highlights some key misconceptions about sexual assault in society. Jason Whiting writes here about four reasons sexual assault stays in the shadows.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • Why it Can Be Hard to Leave an Abusive Relationship

    It can seem unfathomable that someone would stay in a relationship that's destructive, until we unwittingly find ourselves in one. Read to learn more about what may make it hard to leave a hurtful relationship and figure out what risk factors you can address now.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
  • How Violent Relationships Increase Drug Use

    Nabila El-Bassel explains her research findings on what leads women in abusive relationships to turn to drugs to cope and the unexpected dangers that brings.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Substance Use & Addiction
    Understanding how alcohol and drug use can influence relationships and options for responding to and recovering from it