Domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence (IPV), dating abuse, or relationship abuse). A pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
Types of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, it can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating, it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.