We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. --USDOJ Office on Violence Against Women
If you are at risk, or you know someone who is (or suspect that they are at risk), please visit the website. We are aware that men are often victims & can receive help through the office. The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Here is a link to other countries' national domestic abuse hotlines. Get help or help someone!
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