What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control). 

What are the Forms of Abuse?

Physical Abuse 

Physical abuse is a powerful way for an abusive person to control their partner, and it instills an environment of constant fear.  While physical abuse is the form of abuse that is most commonly acknowledged, it may or may not be a part of an abusive relationship.  If physical abuse is present early in the relationship, it commonly gets worse over time.  If there is no physical abuse in the relationship, it may begin to occur when the victim is pregnant or when the victim is considering leaving the relationship.

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What are the Red Flags of Abuse?

Domestic violence encompasses a spectrum of behaviors that abusers use to control victims. The following list includes warning signs that someone may be abusive. If you or a friend experience these behaviors from a partner, remember: it is not your fault and there are advocates waiting to help. 

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Why do victims stay with or return to abusers?

A better question is, “Why does the abuser choose to abuse?

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