About Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior/tactics used by someone against their intimate partner in an attempt to gain or maintain power and control. Domestic violence is culturally learned and socially condoned. Types of abuse can include physical, sexual, psychological, and economic abuse. Domestic violence can also be perpetrated by and/or against a member of the same family or household.

Domestic violence is not limited to specific groups based on race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, or social location, but rather is perpetrated by abusers from all social groups. Every survivor of domestic violence has the right to legal relief and supportive services.

While the dynamics of abuse in the relationship are often the same for members of different communities and social groups, an individual’s experience, response, and needs in relation to abuse are unique and can vary. LGBTQ victims, victims of color, victims with varying abilities, victims of different age groups, immigrant victims, and refugee victims may experience different forms of abuse and barriers to services that are directly related to their identity.  Every victim of domestic violence, whether female, male, trans, gay or straight, has the right to safety and assistance.

For more information read:

 Types Of Abuse List - This list provides more detailed information on the various types of abuse.

Signs Of Abuse Checklist - This list may help you decide if you or someone you know is being abused. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, just a guideline.