What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a range of coercive behaviors used to establish power and exert control by one intimate partner over the other.

These behaviors can occur amongst adults or adolescents and use it against their current of former intimate partners. The batterer can be a spouse/partner, ex-spouse/partner, or parent of your child(ren). Abuse is the use of physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual force by one person in a relationship to control or dominate another. It involves intimidating and frightening someone repeatedly over a period of time through verbal threats and beatings.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other factors. Women and men can be victims of domestic violence.



Types of abuse

Am I in an abusive relationship

The cycle of violence and power and control

Safety planning

Myths and realities

Guide for friends and families