What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is pattern of behavior that one person uses to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence is not only physical violence. Sexual violence, psychological aggression or verbal abuse, control of reproductive or sexual health, and physical violence are all forms of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse, often referred to as domestic violence or intimate partner violence, can happen to anyone regardless of race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, class, or religion.

Domestic abuse is a crime. Nobody deserves to be abused.

National Statistics

Nearly 1 in 3 women has been slapped, pushed, or shoved by an intimate partner at some point in her lifetime. This translates to approximately 36.2 million women in the United States.

Nearly half of all women in the United States (48.4% ) have experienced at least one form of psychological aggression by an intimate partner during their lifetime.