Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to gain power and control over another in an intimate or familial relationship.
Many terms are used interchangeably to describe and discuss domestic violence. It may also be referred to as: abuse, domestic violence, battery, intimate partner violence, or family, spousal, relationship or dating violence.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
The Many Facets of Abuse
Domestic violence can be characterized by many types of abuse. Any or all of these types of violence/abuse may occur in domestic violence situations:
Based on Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs’ The Deluth Model.
The widespread effects of domestic violence are deadly and devastating.View Statistics
Practical Steps to Ending Domestic Violence
Understanding the breadth of domestic violence is pivotal to preventing and stopping it. These resources could help you identify an abusive situation.Learn the Basics of Domestic Violence
PCADV actively works on behalf of victims and domestic violence programs to provide funding, training, education, and legal expertise to help stop abuse in its tracks.See How We Educate Communities
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