Every 15 seconds, a woman is beaten in this country. For as many as four million women, this battering is so severe, they require medical or police attention. But for nearly 4,000 women each year, the abuse ends. They die. ~ National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Violence comes in many shapes and forms. Violence and abuse affect all different types of people every day. It doesn't matter what race or culture you come from, how much money you have, how old you are, or if you have a disability. Violence does not discriminate.Violence against women in any form is a crime, whether the abuser is a family member; someone you date; a current or past spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend; an acquaintance; or a stranger. You are not at fault. You did not cause the abuse to occur.
Domestic violence is any intentional action or non-action which is used to gain and maintain control over another person in an intimate relationship. It may involve physical, sexual, economical, emotional and/or psychological abuse. A few examples include pushing, hitting, threatening, rape/sexual assault, insults, controlling all finances, forced isolation, using the children, stalking, intimidation and jealousy.
Domestic Violence is the continuous pervasive use of threats, intimidation, coercion and manipulation through privilege and violence (physical/sexual/emotional) to instill fear in the partner of intimate relationship. It is a form of control over another person