Domestic violence is behavior - emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse - that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other.
It takes many different forms and includes behavior such as threats, name-calling, isolation, withholding of money, actual or threatened physical harm and sexual assault. Statistically, most domestic violence is committed against women by their male partners. It also occurs in lesbian and gay relationships and is common in teenage dating relationships.
The following checklist may help you decide if you or someone you know is being abused.
Does your partner:
Answering "yes" to any of these questions could be an indicator of domestic violence. You are not to blame and you are not alone - domestic violence is unfortunately a common crime. Although not all acts of domestic violence are violations of the law, you need not face domestic violence alone.
You deserve help, and help is available.