Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim.
There are different forms of domestic violence/abuse. It can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship. Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationship have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over the partner.
It’s not always easy to tell when a relationship has become violent. Throughout the relationship, victims may dismiss violence behaviors as a normal part of their partner’s personality. For this reason, it’s important to take domestic violence warning signs very seriously and not second-guess yourself.