Forms of abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological.
Victims and abusers come from all social and economic backgrounds, faith communities, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Both females and males can be victims of dating violence, but numerous studies reveal the reality that the majority of victims are females (usually more than 95 percent).
Emotional: Humiliating the victim in front of friends or making the victim feel guilty when she confronts the abuser about the abuse.
Intimidation: Making the victim fearful by using threatening behavior, abuse of animals, verbal aggression or destruction of property.
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.
Throughout this Web site, victims are often referred to as females and abusers as male.
That reference does not change the fact that every survivor -- male or female -- deserves support, options, resources and safety.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.Coercion: Threatening to find someone else if the dating partner doesn't comply with the abuser's wishes or demands.Threats to harm self or others if the dating partner leaves.Still others rely solely on paid membership subscriptions.Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.