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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.

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