What is domestic violence? The definition of domestic violence is as follows: domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors in any relationship that one intimate partner uses to get or keep power and control over another intimate partner.
In other words, domestic violence is physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions that influence another person. In an abusive relationship, one intimate partner uses physical, sexual, emotional, or other types of domestic violence to try to gain and maintain power and control over the other partner.
Every human being has the right to feel safe, to live each day, and rest each night, free from violent actions and intimidating threats.
Every human heart can admit what love is — and is not. Love is not abuse. Domestic violence is never acceptable in any relationship.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE
Married couples. People who are living together or who are dating. Teens. College students. Newlyweds. So-called “Power Couples” blessed with wealth and fame. Men and women working to raise themselves out of poverty. LGBTQ partners. People with disabilities. Seniors. Anyone.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTS EVERYONE
We all need to understand domestic violence. Learn how to recognize the signs of domestic violence happening in your own life or the lives of friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers, or anyone you know.