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.
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:
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical Violence
- Sexual Violence
- Financial Abuse
- Verbal Abuse