Roles of Abuse

Abuser: A person who physically, sexually, verbally, or emotional hurts or attempts to control an intimate partner.

Target: A person who is subjected to controlling behavior or hurt physically, sexually, verbally, or emotionally by an intimate partner.

Bystander: A person who is aware or suspects that someone is being abused in a dating relationship. The bystander may become aware of the abuse through the abuser’s or the target’s actions or words.