Behavioral Definition of Domestic Violence:
A pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adult and adolescents use to control their intimate partners.
Forms of Abuse
- Physical abuse is abuse involving contact intended to cause pain, injury, or other physical suffering or harm.
- Sexual Abuse is the forcing of unwanted sexual activity by one person on another, by the use of threats or coercion.
- Emotional abuse refers to a long-term situation in which one person uses his or her power or influence, to adversely affect the mental well-being of another. Emotional abuse can appear in a variety of forms, including rejection, isolation, exploitation, and terror.
Legal Definition of Domestic Violence:
Includes physical harm, bodily injury, assault, stalking, sexual assault OR inflicting fear of imminent bodily harm, bodily injury or assault between family or household members.
If you're in immediate danger, call 911 NOW!
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