There are other types of relationships that might not be considered dating that are just as real and valid.
Maybe you have a child with somebody but do not consider yourself to be in a dating relationship with that person.
Consider why your family doesn’t like your partner or why your partner doesn’t like them.
Even if you are “hooking up,” your partner should not be disrespectful or controlling.
You should be able to communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences or abuse.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
Abuse can affect all types of relationships, not just long-term or committed relationships. Dating abuse and relationship issues can be hard topics to discuss, but in our experience, getting support can be really helpful. Here at loveisrespect, we have trained peer advocates who are friendly, non-judgmental and available 24/7.
Even if your relationship is casual or you’ve only hooked up once, you can still experience abuse. You can chat with one of our advocates at any time of the day just by clicking the chat button, text us by sending “loveis” (capitalization does not matter) to 22522 or call us at 1-866-331-9474. So feel free to contact us anytime and know that we’ll keep our conversations completely confidential.
Having a child together could feel like more than just dating, or you might have chosen not to be together anymore; there is no one way that relationships must work.
Another possibility is that you and your partner are married.
At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!