Introduction to Domestic Violence

Introduction to Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that occurs between family members and/or intimate partners to gain power and control. Intimate partners include your current or former husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend, your child's mother/father, or a partner that you live with or used to live with. Domestic violence can take the form of physical, sexual, psychological, or economic abuse. Domestic violence occurs in every country, in every neighborhood, among people of all races, cultures, religions, or income levels. It can happen to you whatever your age, gender, or sexual orientation. Domestic violence is a crime.

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How Prevalent Is Domestic Violence?

In the United States 1 in 4 women experience abuse during their lifetimes. Globally, the United Nations reports that up to 70% of women experience some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime (according to country data available).

Learn more about New York City's domestic violence statistics.

What Help Is Available for Domestic Violence Survivors?

In the United States it is against the law to intentionally injure someone, force them to participate in a sexual act or put someone in fear of physical injury.

New York City has one-stop domestic violence service centers called Family Justice Centers in every borough. Help is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL and available in all languages, regardless of a person's immigration status.

Learn more about the New York City Family Justice Centers.