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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior which keeps one partner in a position of power over the other partner through the use of  fear, intimidation and control. The abusive person might anyone; sometimes a current or former spouse, significant other, live-in lover or dating partner.

The domestic violence "cycle of violence" is about one  person getting and keeping power and control over another person in an intimate relationship Domestic violence happens to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and religions. It occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships. Economic or professional status does not  indicate domestic violence - abusers and victims can be laborers or college professors, judges or janitors, doctors or orderlies, school-teachers, truck drivers, homemakers or store clerks. Domestic violence  occurs in the poorest ghettos, the fanciest mansions and white-picket-fence neighborhoods. About 95% of victims of domestic violence are  women. Over 50% of all women will experience physical violence in an  intimate relationship, and for 24-30% of those women, the battering will be regular and on-going.
Every 15 seconds the crime of battering occurs.
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 If you have questions regarding this information please contact ValJeŠn Dale, LMFT, Chabot College Mental Health Clinical Supervisor
vdale@chabotcollege.edu or call (510) 723-6615.