Domestic Violence (also referred to as Intimate Partner Violence IPV) is a pattern of behavior used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Domestic Violence does not discriminate. People of all races, age, sexuality, gender, religion, education level, economic status can be a victim – or a perpetrator.

Behaviors include physical harm, intimidation, manipulation, control, or otherwise force them to behave in a way they don’t want to. Including physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, or financial control. Multiple forms of abuse are usually present at the same time in an abusive situation.

It is essential to understand how these behaviors interact, so you know what to look for.