In the United States, 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner. 

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Domestic violence (DV) is fueled by a desire for control, revealing itself as a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior.

It can happen to anyone, at any time, in any type of intimate relationship.

Some forms of DV include: 

  • PHYSICAL ABUSE · Hitting, kicking, punching, slapping etc.
  • VERBAL ABUSE · Harsh criticisms, put downs, threats
  • EMOTIONAL ABUSE · Intimidation, isolation from family & friends
  • SEXUAL ABUSE · Unwanted or forced sexual activity 
  • FINANCIAL ABUSE · Withholding money, forcing control over all funds

The vicious cycle...

The cycle of tension to violence to reparation and hope may repeat itself an average of 7 to 12 times before a victim will finally break free of its clutches.