What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to control, coerce, intimidate, threaten, manipulate, and/or exert power over a current or past partner. Domestic violence may be physical, emotional, sexual, and economic.
Who does domestic violence affect?
Domestic violence crosses all races, cultures, religions, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic groups. The effects of domestic violence are far reaching. From schools and neighborhoods to businesses and communities, its impact and costs are felt by all of us.
How do I know if someone I care about is a victim of domestic violence?
- She/He seems threatened or frightened when her/his partner is angry.
- She/He worries that her/his partner will be jealous or suspicious.
- Her/His partner makes all or most of the decisions.
- Her/His partner criticizes her/him frequently.
- She/He apologizes frequently for her/his partner's behavior.
- She/He is withdrawn from friends and family; she/he seems in a hurry to get home.
- Her/His partner takes a strong interest in weapons.
- Her/His partner breaks things, throws things, or intimidates her/him.
- She/He may have to quit her/his job.
- She/He or her/his partner grew up in a violent family.
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