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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse and violence is a pattern of controlling behavior in the context of a current or former relationship. One person purposefully seeks to limit the human and civil rights of their partner. The actions of the abusive person are purposeful and chosen. They are based on a belief system that tells them they are entitled to privilege their desires and needs above their partners’.

This behavior pattern is sometimes called “battering” and can include physical, verbal, and emotional tactics. Select from the menu options at right for more detailed information. To learn more about what domestic abuse isn’t, check out our video.