What is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to gain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence is a reality that exists in every community across America. It does not discriminate. It affects all cultures, religions, ethnic groups, and socio-economic sectors. Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence and comes in many different forms. An abuser can use one or more – or all forms listed below to control and abuse an intimate partner.


Domestic violence/intimate partner violence can present itself in several different ways.

of abuse

Emotional Abuse

Includes verbal put-downs, insults, making one feel inferior and not worthy. Examples are: constant demeaning statements like "you're fat", "stupid", "ugly", or "no one will ever love you". 

Financial Abuse

Is when you are not allowed to know your financial situation or money is withheld from you. Examples include: being expected to make ends meet without adequate resources, not being allowed to purchase necessary items such as food, or not being able to work or have an income. 

Physical Abuse

Is purposeful, physical harm inflicted on an intimate partner. Examples are: pushing, shoving, slapping, kicking, punching, strangling, or holding someone down. 

Digital Abuse

Is the use of technology, cell phone apps, or other online resources to bully, harass, stalk, intimidate, or control their partner. 

Sexual Abuse

Is forced sexual advancement that is against their partner's will.

24/7 Domestic violence hotlines


1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
TTY 1.800.787.3224

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