FAQ about Domestic Abuse

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  1. What is Domestic Abuse/Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence?
  • Domestic Abuse is an ongoing, cyclical pattern of coercive control in a relationship.
  • Domestic Abuse is one person manipulating and controlling the other in an intimate relationship.
  • Domestic Abuse is a crime
  • Domestic Abuse includes 6 defined types of abuse: Verbal, Emotional, Financial, Spiritual, Sexual and Physical abuse.

2. Who are the victims of Domestic Abuse?

  • ANYONE can be a victim!
  • Victims are of all economic classes, races, sexual identities, ages, religions and education.
  • 85% of domestic abuse victims are women. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)
  • One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the US. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).
  • 15% of domestic abuse victims are men. (NDVH)
  • 2 in 5 bisexual or gay men are victims of domestic abuse in their lifetimes. (NCADV)
  • Women with…

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