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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, in which one person purposefully seeks to limit the human and civil rights of their partner. The actions of the abusive person are purposeful and chosen, and are based on a belief system that tells them they are entitled to always privilege their own desires and needs above their partners’. This pattern of behavior is sometimes called “battering,” and can include physical, verbal, and emotional tactics.

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