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Domestic violence (DV) is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. DV affects people from all social, racial and financial backgrounds. It affects men and women, old and young, heterosexual and homosexual couples alike. Regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation – victims all experience shock, pain, confusion and betrayal due to the abuse.

Types of Abuse

Physical Abuse


Pushing, punching, choking, burning, shooting, dragging, restraining, locking in the house, throwing down stairs, kicking, poking, slapping, cutting, tripping, raping, holding down, hair pulling, squeezing, suffocating, kidnapping.

Emotional Abuse


Name calling, yelling, making demeaning comments, nagging, cussing, threatening, belittling, constant phone calls, actively undermining the victims’ authority with children, telling the victim that they are a bad parent, telling the victim they can’t control the kids, setting the victim up so that they can be humiliated publicly or in front of family and friends, making threats of violence, forcing a person to do degrading things, controlling victim’s activities, frightening the victim, harassment and intimidation.

Sexual Abuse


Unwanted kissing or touching, unwanted rough or violent sexual activity, rape or attempted rape, refusing to use condoms or restricting someone’s access to birth control, keeping someone from protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual contact with someone who is very drunk/drugged/unconscious or otherwise unable to give a clear and informed “yes” or “no” pressuring someone to have sex or perform sexual acts, making degrading sexual comments, forcing a partner to have sex with a third person, threatening to tell others about the victim’s sexual activity particularly with people that are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.

Financial (Economic) Abuse


Destroying property, prized possessions, relatives’ property, taking the victim’s money, refusing to give the victim money or share household income, restricting access to household finances and withholding medical treatment, not allowing the victim to work or attend school, forcing the victim to work.



Failure to provide food, shelter, clothing, and personal hygiene to a dependent person who needs such assistance, failure to take care of the needs of the dependent person, failure to protect the dependent person from health and safety hazards, leaving a dependent adult alone without adequate supervision, unsanitary or hazardous conditions in the home, inadequate food, not providing enough electricity, removing aids such as wheelchair or communication device, leaving medical problems untreated and the failure to comply with a treatment plan.

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