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Important Information About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends, or cohabitation. Domestic violence has many forms including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

According to the Center for Disease Control, domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem affecting more than 32 million Americans, or over 10% of the U.S. population.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 9-1-1 and get help immediately.


Power and Control Wheel [PDF] Power and Control Wheel [PDF] (84 KB)

The Power and Control Diagram is a particularly helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over his partner.  Very often, one or more violent incidents are accompanied by an array of these other types of abuse.  They are less easily identified, yet firmly establish a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship.

Presentation on Domestic Violence [PDF] Presentation on Domestic Violence [PDF] (434 KB)

Originally intended to help lawyers recognize domestic violence situations in their cases, this package of information is the best and most informative we've ever seen on the topic. This package includes signs and symptoms, statistics, myths and facts surrounding domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, and much more.