She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.
The prevalence of violence in the United States includes an estimated annual 3.2 million men and 1.9 million women reporting physical assaults, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey.
The goal of the abuser is to establish power over, and control of, the other person.
Dating abuse crosses all age groups, races, cultures, religions, educational and employment backgrounds.
Although relationship abuse can occur at any age, teen and young adult women experience the highest amount of intimate partner violence out of any group.Estimates vary, but researchers say date and acquaintance rape may account for 70 percent of all sexual assaults.The problem is most visible on college campuses, where as many as one in five women may experience some type of physical or psychological sexual coercion.Sexual violence happens when one person uses physical force against another to force a sexual act or to force a sexual act when the other person is unable to say "no" because of mental limitations or impairments from drug or alcohol use.Sexual violence also includes any unwanted sexual contact.
But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.