In this module of the course, we explore anatomy and neurology at an introductory level to give us the vocabulary and theory to go deeper into how our brains and bodies work together and impact our relationships to ourselves and others.
Abuse is a series of ongoing, repeating behaviors that intentionally control and harm another person
Abuse and intimate partner violence (IPV) are often the same thing, but IPV specifically refers to abuse or incidents of violence from former/current partners
Abuse can take many forms, but the most common are sexual, physical, financial, emotional, stalking, and reproductive control
Types of Abuse in Relationships
What is the Cycle of Abuse?
Recognizing these behaviors may seem easy on paper, but it can be really hard when it’s happening to you or someone you love
Abusive situations don’t normally start as abusive. Often, abusive relationships start off in a good place but then escalate into an abusive incident. After the incident, the abuser will “make up” for what they’ve done by apologizing and giving gifts. This cycle will then repeat, with bigger abusive incidents and bigger apologies.