What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic / Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of coercive and / or violent behavior used in an intimate relationship to establish and maintain control over a partner. It includes emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or the threat of physical or sexual abuse.


In this country, a woman is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped, or killed by an intimate partner than by any other type of assailant. More than 50% of men who batter women also abuse their children. Abusive husbands and lovers harass 74% of employed battered women at work, either in person or over the telephone.