What is Domestic Violence?
The U.S. Department of Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over the abusers partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological and includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. The reach of domestic violence extends beyond the person experiencing it. Domestic violence impacts family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community. A child who grows up witnessing domestic violence experiences many social and physical problems and learns that violence is normal, increasing the danger of becoming the next generation of victims and abusers.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women