Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, used by one individual intended to exert power and control over another individual, in the context of an intimate relationship.
Behaviors may include:
A victim or perpetrator can be of any:
It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. Unfortunately, many people who believe abuse is ‘normal’, have been exposed to violence in their past, as
Forms of domestic violence can include criminal (physical assault, stalking) or non-criminal (verbal, emotional, financial control, isolation). Criminal acts and those who commit these acts can be prosecuted, and held accountable for their actions, which may provide incentive and opportunity for behavioral change.