It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.Verbal and emotional abuse can happen in person, online, or through text messages.
Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows.
In fact, abusive relationships often start as emotionally or verbally abusive and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence.
You do not deserve to feel disrespected or unsafe in your relationships.
Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence.
It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating.