According to The American Psychiatric Association, Domestic Violence is defined as control by one partner over another in a dating, marital or live-in relationships. Domestic Violence occurs in every culture, country and age group. It affects people from all socioeconomic, educational and religious backgrounds and takes place in same-sex as well as heterosexual relationships. Women with fewer resources or greater perceived vulnerability, girls and those experiencing physical or psychiatric disabilities or living below the poverty line are at even greater risk for Domestic Violence and lifetime abuse. Children are also affected by Domestic Violence, even if they do not witness it directly.
EXAMPLES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Name-calling or put downs
- Keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
- Withholding money
- Stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
- Actual or threatened physical harm
- Sexual assault