Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship where one person tries to control or dominate the other.
The violence can take many forms such as emotional, psychological, physical, sexual and/or financial. The abuse leaves the victim feeling scared, confused, dependent and insecure. In most cases, the abuse escalates unless there is some kind of intervention because the abuser maintains control over the victim.
Some examples of the abusive behavior are: name-calling or put-downs, withholding of money, actual or threatened physical harm, sexual assault, following and checking up on the victim, blaming the victim for the behavior, minimizing the behavior or denying the behavior occurred.
The abuser may exhibit the behaviors once in a while or all the time.
Although the abuser’s partner is the primary target, violence is often directed toward children as well, and sometimes toward family members, friends, and even bystanders in attempts to control their partner.