Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner. It affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.
Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. It results in physical injury, psychological trauma and, sometimes, death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
Abuse comes in many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, economic, and psychological. The abuser often threatens isolation or humiliation to display power and control.