- For a general definition of domestic violence, please see our guide, Finding Safety & Support
- In this section, we use the words “abusive partner,” “offender,” “participant” and “victim” in the context of coercive controlling violence.
- An “offender” is an individual who commits a domestic violence offense.
- An “abusive partner” is an individual who engages in a pattern of coercive control.
- A “participant” is an individual who is taking part in an abusive partner intervention program, whether by court order or voluntarily.
- A “victim” is someone who is the target of domestic violence, not simply the recipient of responsive or situational violence.