Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. The abuser can use emotional, psychological, sexual, and/or physical force to gain control over a partner. Spouses, parents, stepparents, children, siblings, elderly relatives, and intimate partners may all be targets of domestic violence. Domestic Violence is often comorbid with substance use disorders.

Violent acts include, but are not limited to:

  • Verbal, emotional, and physical intimidation
  • Destruction of the victim’s possessions
  • Maiming or killing pets
  • Threats
  • Forced sex
  • Slapping
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Choking
  • Burning
  • Biting
  • Stabbing
  • Shooting
  • Murder

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