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