Domestic Violence or Family Violence or Intimate Partner Violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
This can happen among a variety of family members as well. This type of violence does not discriminate based on age, sex, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It can take the form of physical/emotional/psychological/sexual/economic abuse. There is an underlying power and control behavior by the abuser/perpetrator over the victim.
Things may seem fine and dandy at the beginning of the relationship but the power and controlling behaviors intensify as the relationship grows.
The key thing to note is a victim is NEVER to be blamed and the abuser is solely at fault for their choices to abuse another human being or an animal.
Domestic violence is real and needs to be seen as a public health issue.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.
Take care of yourself!