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Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.

Statistics

The statistics on this page have been compiled from various sources.

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Dynamics of Abuse

Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different types of things to have power and control over their partner.

 

Why Do Victims Stay

Leaving is often the most dangerous time for a victim of abuse, because abuse is about power and control. When a victim leaves their abusive partner they are taking control back and threatening the abusive partner’s power, which could cause retaliation in very destructive ways.

Red Flag/ Warning Signs

There is no one sign by itself that is an indicator for identifying an abuser.  Often it is the combination of many things that reveal the severity.  There are however, many red flags you should learn about and avoid anyone who demonstrates them. 

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