What is Domestic Violence
Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence, is hurtful, repeated and intentional behavior that one person uses to maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship.
The behavior can manifest as abuse that is verbal, emotional, psychological, physical or sexual.
Some of these behaviors include: threats, name-calling, put-downs, isolation, withholding of money, physical harm and sexual assault.
Domestic violence occurs in heterosexual relationships, gay and lesbian relationships and is common in teenage dating relationships.
Domestic violence crosses all boundaries and can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, socio-economic level or educational attainment.
Common Forms of Abuse
Your partner may use one, several or all of these forms of abuse in any combination to control you.
The abuse may start out very slowly and increase over time so that you may be unaware that it is happening.
It may start as verbal or emotional abuse and become physical.
The physical abuse may become so bad that your health and life are in danger.
Any kind of ongoing abuse between adults will have a seriously negative impact on children in the household and may result in damaging psychological, emotional and behavioral problems.