What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner or family member. Abuse includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats.
This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injury or wound someone.
Domestic violence doesn’t care about race, economic status, or location. It happens everywhere – in the middle of the inner-city and inside multi-million dollar homes in high-end gated communities. It may be happening in your neighbor’s home, your co-worker’s home, or even inside your own home.
Chances are that you know a victim of domestic violence – even if you have no idea who it may be. And if you are a victim of domestic violence, know this – You are not alone.
To understand what a relationship based on power & control looks like, please check out the links to the power & control wheel.
To understand what a relationship based on equality looks like, please check out the links to the equality wheel.