Relationship Violence

If you are involved in an abusive, threatening, or unhealthy relationship, Health Education offers free and confidential services for all students. Contact Jen Luettel Schweer or Jennifer Wiggins at sarp@georgetown.edu.

Signs of Violent or Threatening Relationship:

Your partner:

  • Exhibits extreme jealousy
  • Blames all arguments or problems on you
  • Is always angry at someone or something
  • Tries to isolate you and control whom you see and where you go
  • Forces you sexually in ways you are not comfortable
  • Acts physically rough with you (push, shove, pull, yank, squeeze, restrain)
  • Accuses you of flirting or cheating
  • Is overly controlling (e.g., things always have to be done their way)
  • Has extreme mood swings 
  • Calls you negative names (dumb, stupid, fat, etc).

The Red Flag campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses.

Dealing with Violent or Threatening Relationships

If you are in an unhealthy relationship or experiencing abuse, creating a safety plan can help you avoid dangerous situations:

  • Find someone you can trust to confide in.
  • Create a safety word in the event of danger that only friends, family, and trusted individuals know.
  • Keep a journal/photo document any abuse.
  • Do not meet abuser alone.
  • Avoid alcohol or drugs around the abuser.

For more resources around safety planning and unhealthy relationships, including a 24/7 Dating Violence Hotline, visit Loveisrespect.