Academic studies indicate that both men and women are victims as well as perpetrators of domestic violence. Historically, men are more likely to inflict injury. However, domestic violence, by definition, is not limited to physical abuse. It is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that manipulate, intimidate, paralyze, hurt, humiliate, blame, or put fear in another person. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, gender, religion or sexual orientation. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence, also known as “relationship abuse” and “intimate partner violence”, affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and educational levels.
Everyone has experienced tension in their relationships. Relationship abuse is not a disagreement, an anger management problem or a relationship “with ups and downs.”
Relationship abuse, or domestic violence, is a pattern of violent behaviors that adults or adolescent use against their intimate partners. Abuse can cause injury and even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. Domestic violence also includes sexual, verbal and emotions abuse, as well as economic control over another person.
Relationship abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or just dating. It affects people of all educational backgrounds and income levels.