Domestic violence can take many forms – physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape, emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation, threats of violence.
Any situation in which one partner is wielding power over the other repeatedly can fall under the umbrella of domestic abuse. The United States Office on Violence Against Women (the O.V.W.) defines domestic violence as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” 4
The OVW reports that a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the U.S. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in this country. Every day, at least three U.S. women are killed by their partners. 4
But the truth is, women are not the only victims of domestic violence.
Similar to child abuse, domestic violence allows an abuser in a position…
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