What is Domestic Violence or Battering?
Domestic Violence can take different forms, but its goal is always to gain power and control over its victims, often with physical violence.Domestic Violence is the physical force used to control and keep power over another. Examples of physical violence include hitting, slapping, kicking, pushing, or sexually assaulting another individual. Both women and men may batter their partners. However, in majority of domestic violence cases, men are the perpetrators and women are the victims.There is no evidence to suggest battered women fit a particular personality profile. Any one can become a victim of domestic violence.Emotional abuse is also a form of violence. Batterers may shout, threaten, call names, or use other forms of verbal abuse to frighten the other individual. Domestic Violence can happen in all families: rich or poor, young or old, gay or straight. Domestic Violence is not an isolated event; it is a series of controlling and manipulative behaviors used to gain power over the victim.Violence usually gets worse over time, unless an effort is made to stop it. It can lead to serious harm or even death. Violence is NOT a normal way to settle disagreements.Domestic Violence is against the law. There are ways to get help. Domestic Violence CAN be stopped. Just reach out.