About Domestic Violence. . .

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Domestic Violence is a term used to define a pattern of physical, emotional and/or sexual tactics used intentionally by a person to gain and maintain control over a partner. Some physical tactics include punching, choking, pushing and restraining. Examples of emotional abuse include name-calling, put-downs, threats and isolation. Sexual abuse can include withholding physical intimacy, unwanted touching or fondling, coercion and rape.

Domestic Violence can happen in any dating or intimate partner relationship whether same-gender or heterosexual. 90-95% of all domestic violence involves men perpetrating violence against women. WomenSafe serves people across the gender spectrum who experience domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.

 

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of tactics used intentionally to gain and maintain control over a partner.

  • Abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional, financial and/or sexual.
  • Physical abuse includes restraining, pinching, biting, pushing, punching and choking.
  • Emotional abuse includes name calling, put downs, threats, jealousy, and isolation.
  • Sexual abuse includes withholding physical intimacy, unwanted fondling, touching or molestation, sexual harassment and rape.
  • All abuse will increase in frequency and lethality over time, if the abuser does not get help for his behavior.

Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of their race, age, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic level or sexual orientation. Domestic Violence will continue in our community unless there is a coordinated community response. As a society we need to send the message—legally and socially– that domestic violence is not acceptable. It is crucial for men to be a part of this effort.

  • 90-95% of all domestic violence involves men perpetrating violence against women.
  • The other 5-10% is comprised of men being abused by women, men abusing men, or women abusing women in same-gender relationships.

Power & Control Wheel

Power and Control Wheel

 

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