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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Domestic violence abuse is an epidemic affecting individuals regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.

Domestic violence includes, but isn’t limited to the following:

  • Physical violence

    Pushing, pinching, biting, slapping, spitting, beating, kicking, choking or backing you into a corner. Pinning you down, throwing objects, hair pulling or not allowing you to leave a room.

  • Sexual violence

    Unwanted touching, fondling, kissing or any type of unwanted contact with you or someone else’s body.

  • Psychological violence

    Confinement, isolation, humiliation, intimidation or any other treatment which may diminish a person’s sense of identity, dignity and self-worth.

  • Emotional abuse

    Yelling or swearing, bullying, name calling, insults, mocking, threats, ignoring or exclusion.

  • Financial abuse

    Controlling a victim’s ability to acquire, use and maintain financial resources. Restricting their access to money or stealing money.

The Power and Control Wheel

Power and Control Wheel
The Power and Control Wheel is a tool that can help illustrate different behaviors that batterers use to manipulate a relationship. Click the button below to download the Power and Control Wheel diagram in PDF format.
Power and Control Wheel PDF