What is domestic violence?
Family abuse, often known as domestic violence, is a pattern of controlling behaviors used by one individual to control or exert power over another individual in the context of an intimate relationship. The abuse may be emotional or physical and may include forced or unwanted sexual contact. The abuser may be a relative, current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
Domestic violence appears to follow a repetitive cycle of four distinct phases. Each stage lasts a different amount of time in each relationship. The total cycle can take from a few hours to a year or more to complete. Do you recognize this cycle of violence in your home?
Cycle of violence:
Signs of Abuse
Has your partner ever
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence. The goal of those who engage in abusive behavior is to control and dominate the victim. You may feel that you have to stay in an abusive relationship for the sake of your family or because you simply lack the financial resources to leave. Or perhaps youve been promised that your abuser will change and the abuse will never happen again. Everyone hopes that this is the case, but unfortunately that hope does not often materialize. Without outside help, the likelihood that the violence is going to occur again is great, and the anger and abuse will only get worse with time.