About Domestic Violence

A pattern of behavior used by an individual to establish and maintain power and control over their intimate partner
Domestic Violence

The behavior includes abusive tactics, threats and actions that may or may not rise to the level of criminal behavior. The tactics may include physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. 

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. It looks different in every relationship and no one experiences it in the same way. Although it may look different, there is always an underlying theme of control. When one person tries to control their intimate partner, that isn't love, it's abuse. 



Behaviors & Tactics
There Are Many Types of Abuse

Physical Abuse

Financial Abuse

Exerting Dominance and Privilege

Threats, Coercion, Intimidation


Sexual Abuse

Technological Abuse


Spiritual Abuse

Emotional and Psychological Abuse


Cultural Abuse

Using Children and Pets

Unique Experiences for Specific Populations

When an individual is a part of more than one oppressed group, that puts them at risk for additional abuses and unique experiences.
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The Impact is Real

Scars, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, sexual dysfunction

Post-Traumatic Stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts or attempts, alcohol and substance use

Inability to trust themselves, low self-esteem

Losing or doubting faith

Loss of job and/or earning potential, damaged credit, inability to take out loans, homelessness

Loss of friendships because of isolation, unable to trust future partners, damaged relationships with children

If You Are Impacted by Domestic Violence
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