What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner or family member. Abuse includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Domestic violence can happen between couples who are married, live together or date. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and all education levels. The definition of domestic violence is very broad.

Often there is domestic violence that does not meet the legal definition as described above, but is still a devastating and demoralizing act for the victim and their family. The Family Justice Center is here to assist you, regardless of the degree of violence.



October 18, 2013
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