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What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used to maintain power and control over an intimate partner.  The violence can take the form of physical, emotional, sexual and economic abuse.  Often times, the violent partner uses a combination of these behaviors to maintain control. 

Domestic violence can happen to anyone.  It can affect any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender.  It applies to couples who are married, living together, or dating.  It affects all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. 

It’s not always easy to tell if a relationship will become abusive.  Many times, abusive partners can seem perfect and charming early on in the relationship.  Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight – they can emerge and intensify as the relationship grows. 

If you feel as though you might be in an abusive relationship, call us.  Even if you’re unsure, let’s talk.  Our advocates are ready to listen and help you.  Everyone deserves to be safe.