Domestic violence is abusive behavior including physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse in order to gain power and control over another person in a domestic relationship. This can include relationships between roommates, dating partners, married partners, and family members. It affects men, women, and children of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Remember, abuse does not have to be physical in order to be abuse. Emotional, psychological, and financial abuse, as well as pressure and coercion are abusive. Each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to offer support.
Signs of Domestic Violence:
Power and control are present whenever there is violence. Abusive power and control are the methods through which someone gains and maintains power and control over someone else. The Power and Control Wheel shows behaviors that may occur in dating or domestic violence relationships. In all of our relationships, we can strive for positive behaviors and healthy relationships as shown in the Equality Wheel.