What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or threatening behavior used by one person against an intimate partner or family member to gain power and control over the victim.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone
Partners can be married or not married, living together, separated or dating. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any age, income, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
Recognize signs of abuse
Abusive partners use physical and sexual violence, threats, intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation to enforce control and maintain power in a relationship. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
Move your mouse over the graphic below to learn more about different forms of domestic abuse and the tactics batterers commonly use.