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What is domestic violence?

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The term “domestic violence” is sometimes used to include all forms of family violence, including between parents and children, siblings, and elder abuse. However, domestic violence is more commonly used to identify “intimate partner violence.” Individuals who have a close, personal relationship may experience:

  • Physical abuse

  • Emotional, verbal and mental abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Coercive control, including stalking, harassment, trespassing and other unwanted acts

These relationships include people who are married, living together, or dating and includes couples in same sex relationships. Domestic violence can also include people who are former partners, separated or divorced couples, and those who are co-parenting.

Domestic violence is serious and preventable, and it impacts millions of Americans. Not only can domestic violence result in serious injury and even death, but it also has lasting effects on health and well-being.

Domestic violence tends to disrupt social supports, interfere with coping, and make it difficult to work and take care of things at home. Individuals experiencing domestic violence may find it difficult to concentrate, make decisions, plan, and move towards goals. Many individuals find it difficult to use self-control, have confidence in themselves, and maintain a hopeful outlook.

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