What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is power and control. The purposeful and deliberate act of controlling another individual. It involves a pattern of behaviors that involve different methods that can be emotional, physical, and sexual, some criminal and some not, that happen in multiple, sometimes daily episodes. But the ultimate goal is to control the victim.

It’s a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological/emotional attacks, as well as economic/money coercion.

It’s a combination of physical force and terror used by the perpetrator that cause physical and psychological harm to the victim and children.

It’s a pattern of purposeful behavior, directed at achieving compliance from or control over the victim.

It’s about behaviors perpetrated by adults or adolescents against their intimate partner in current or former dating, married or cohabiting relationships of heterosexuals, gays and lesbians.

All children are affected by the Violence in their homes. Regardless of whether or not our children have been physically abused, watching their mother being battered is a frightening experience.

Children from violent homes can exhibit a variety of behaviors. Some “act out” and may be viewed as delinquent. Others work very hard to excel at every endeavor in an attempt to keep the family peace.

Living with violence creates intense stress for a children.
(Prepared by Anne L. Ganley, PhD. for the Family Violence Prevention Fund)

Types of Abuse

When the general public thinks about domestic violence, they usually think in terms of physical assault that results in visible injuries to the victim. This is only one type of abuse. There are several categories of abusive behavior, each of which has its own devastating consequences. Lethality involved with physical abuse may place the victim at higher risk, but the long term destruction of personhood that accompanies the other forms of abuse is significant and cannot be minimized.

Please explore the following sections to learn more about domestic violence.

Types of Abuse:

Physical Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Emotional Abuse and Intimidation
Verbal Abuse: Coercion, Threats, and Blaming
Financial Abuse

Characteristics of Batterers and Victims
Why does she stay?
Understanding Sexual Assault
Why Men Batter Women
The Batterer
Thirteen Signs of the Batterer
Intimate Partner Violence

Teen Dating Violence
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children
How Children are affected by Domestic Violence
Children and Domestic Violence
Children and Domestic Violence Part 2

Paradigms of Domestic Violence:

Abuse of Children Wheel
Children Coping with Family Violence Wheel
Nurturing Children Wheel
Equality Wheel
Unnatural Power & Control Pyramid
Cultural Roots of Violence Pyramid
Power and Control Wheel
Teen Power and Control Wheel