Intimate (Patriarchal) Terrorism may be defined as the systematic use of violence and other abusive behaviour to control a partner.
Violence in these types of relationships is generally frequent and escalates to severe violence.
This type of dating violence is also characterized by attempts to isolate and economically subordinate the abused partner.
Straus (1999) estimated that it was present in less than 1.5% of the violent marital relationships that he studied.
While some forms of abusive behaviour, such as acts of physical assault, could result in charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, others, such as ridiculing or otherwise being verbally abusive, are harmful but not criminal offences.
Dating violence has become an issue of increasing concern to researchers and practitioners over the past three decades.
Physical Violence occurs when one partner uses physical force to control the other.
Several studies indicate that dating violence is a serious problem in Canada, but it is still difficult to calculate its exact extent.
One reason for this is that different researchers use different definitions and questions to measure abusive experiences.
Johnson argues that men are more likely than women to use this form of violence, but its use by either men or women is rare.
Common Couple Violence is defined by Johnson as an intermittent use of violence against a partner with the intent to control the immediate situation.