Definition of Consent Lack of consent is a critical factor in determining whether sexual violence/assault has occurred.
Consent is informed, freely given, and mutually understood. § 21-511 provides the following:“Domestic violence” means an act or threatened act of violence against a person with whom the offender is involved or has been involved in a dating relationship, or an act or threatened act of violence against a family or household member by a family or household member.
For example, an abuser may threaten to reveal your HIV status or your sexual identity.
For more information, go to our Abuse Among those Living with HIV page and our LGBTQ Victims page.
Who does domestic violence/dating violence happen to?
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence or dating violence.
Economic or professional status does not affect whether someone can commit domestic violence/dating violence or be the victim of domestic violence/dating violence - abusers and victims can be laborers or college professors, judges or janitors, doctors or orderlies, teachers, truck drivers, homemakers or store clerks.
Further examples of sexual harassment may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.
The Definition of Sexual Violence/Assault Sexual violence/assault is a form of prohibited sexual harassment.
To better understand the ways that an abuser can use power and control over a victim, you can check out what is called the "Power and Control Wheel." Domestic violence/dating violence happens to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, and religions.
It occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.
Domestic violence/dating violence occurs in the poorest neighborhoods, the fanciest mansions and white-picket-fence neighborhoods.