Mutual Violent Control identifies violent exchanges in which both partners are violent and controlling.
It is the least common type of violence of the four in Johnson’s typology.
Dating violence is a significant and widespread social problem.
It is expressed in a range of harmful behaviours — from threats, to emotional maltreatment, to physical and sexual aggression.
This paper considers how dating violence is defined, what its consequences are, and what can be done about it.
For the purpose of this paper, dating violence is defined as any intentional physical, sexual or psychological assault on a person by a dating partner.
Johnson, for example, has described four types of dating violence: intimate (patriarchal) terrorism, common couple violence, violent resistance and mutual violent control.Dating partners include both casual dates and individuals in long-term dating relationships.All three forms of abuse — physical, sexual and emotional — can coexist, or the abuse can be characterized by any one of the three.This includes assaults on partners who have been given “date rape” drugs such a Rohypnol (also known as roofies, roachies, La Rocha and The Forget Pill), G. B or gamma hydroxybutyrate (also known as Liquid Exctasy, Gib, Liquid E and Easy Lay), ketamine (also known as K, Ket and Special K) and MDMA — 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known as Ecstasy, XTC, X and Bean).Emotional or Psychological Abuse includes insulting or swearing at, belittling or threatening a dating partner.