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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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