What is Domestic Violence?

The term “domestic violence” includes various levels of a felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse, acquaintance or intimate partner of the victim, by persons with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is living with or has lived with the victim, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

Domestic violence does not pin point to one individual nor discriminate. Anyone can find themselves a victim any age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion can be a victim. It can happen to people who are considered friends, dating, married, or living together. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Domestic violence includes imposing behaviors that can emotionally, physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. 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.

Domestic violence is governed by many forms and is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior that includes a purpose of power and control using abusive tactics over a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend or intimate family member. Abuse is a learned behavior; it is not caused by anger, mental problems, drugs or alcohol, or other common excuses. It is learned and a choice. Know one can make another person abuse.

Forms of Abuse

 

Material from & compiled in parts: Compiled in parts: Arizona Coalition To End Sexual and Domestic Violence & Faith Beyond Abuse Global Initiative for Women & Girls Organization, Arizona Coalition To End Sexual and Domestic Violence & Faith Beyond Abuse Global Initiative for Women & Girls Organization.