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Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Abuse) is defined as assaults and controlling behaviors in which one intimate partner uses physical violence,coercion, threats, intimidation,isolation, or emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner in the relationship. An intimate partner may be of either sex, and is defined as any of the following:

  • Spouse or Former Spouse
  • Current or Former Co-Habitator
  • Person who Shares a Child in Common
  • Dating Relationships

Did You Know?

  • Over 600,000 women in the United States experience violence or physical abuse by their intimate partners each year.
  • Young women between the ages of 16 and 34 are at the highest risk for domestic violence.
  • Many students are not aware that verbal and emotional abuse are indicators of domestic violence. Many victims report that emotional abuse is more devastating than physical abuse.
  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics confirms that the highest rate of domestic violence applies to women ages 16 to 24.
  • Men can be victims, and women can batter. Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence can also occur in same-sex relationships.
  • People who resort to violence do not lack self-control, and are not "out of control" due to poor anger management, stress, or substance abuse. Batterers have learned to use abuse to get what they want. They choose violence as a means to maintain power and control over their partner.
  • Violence is a learned behavior, and it can be unlearned.
  • Bad relationships do not result in or cause domestic violence.
  • The victim never does anything to provoke the violence. The batterer chooses to abuse, and must take full responsibility for the abuse.

{Source: California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) Resource Guide, 2006}