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1 in 3 Women and 1 in Four Men will experience domestic abuse

in their lifetime.

What is domestic abuse or domestic violence?​

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.

Domestic violence does not discriminate.  Anyone can be a victim, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation or  socioeconomic status.  

What is domestic abuse or domestic violence?​


Does your partner ever….

  • Insult, demean or embarrass you with put-downs?

  • Control what you do, who you talk to or where you go?

  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

  • Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

  • Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

  • Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

  • Make all of the decisions without your input or consideration of your needs?

  • Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

  • Prevent you from working or attending school?

  • Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

  • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

  • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

  • Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

  • Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?


If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.  There is help.  24-Hour Hotline, 1-800-495-8078 or click here.