Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation. It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological abuse. In some cases, domestic violence will result in death.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.
If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship, get help.
National Crime Prevention Council
- The Hidden Crime: Domestic Violence Brochure
- The Hidden Crime: Domestic Violence - Espanola Brochure
- Family Violence Hurts Everyone Brochure
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - "NCADV is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children."
- Family Violence Prevention Fund - "The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence."