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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to gain power and control over a dating partner, spouse or relative. It is not an isolated incident and can include verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual, economic, or physical forms of abuse such as: threats, slapping, choking, name calling, insulting, rape, blaming the survivor for abuse or controlling money.

Domestic violence hurts everyone and can affect anyone, regardless of socio-economic class, gender, race or sexual orientation.  Survivors do not feel safe in their own homes.  Children who witness abuse may learn to use violent behaviors.

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