Domestic Violence

Intimate partner violence involves a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to establish and maintain power and control over the other. These behaviors can include physical, sexual, and psychological (emotional) abuse by a current or former partner (including common-law husbands/wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, and dating partners) in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships.

Domestic Violence includes all types of violence that happen within the “domestic sphere” – more simply, “at home” – including child abuse, partner violence, and elder abuse.

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is any violence or coercive behavior by someone against an intimate partner.

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