So.. What is DV?

For our purposes, victims/survivors are those who are or have been involved in an “intimate relationship” with their abuser.  “Intimate relationship” refers to:

–          Spouses or people who are married

–          People who are separated or divorced

–          Former partners or lovers

–          People who have a child in common

–          People who live together or who have in the past

–          People in a dating relationship or have been in the past

–          Heterosexual or homosexual of all these relationships

Domestic Violence (DV) is a pattern of coercive control founded on and supported by violence or the threat of violence; it encompasses a range of tactics used to maintain power and control over an intimate partner (see power and control wheel below)

DV is supported by many societal causes but is not outside the control of the perpetrator

–          Domestic violence is NOT mutual combat/abuse

–          Domestic violence is about one person dominating and controlling another

–          Entire families are affected- not just the victim

–          Battering does not improve on its own

Approximately 1,200 – 1,500 women are killed each year by their intimate partners in the US (Family Violence Prevention Fund)  
***this equals out to about 3-4 women being murdered a day***

–          92% of female murder victims were murdered by someone they know. (Violence Policy Center “When Men Murder Women: An analysis of 2005 homicide data”)

–          One in four women will be abused by an intimate partner in her lifetime (NCADV)


–          Intimate Partner Violence: the use of coercion, intimidation, and control to exert dominance and maintain power over an intimate partner

–          Resistance Violence: in response to domestic violence pattern of power and control-may look like domestic violence but warrants investigation

–          Situational Violence: no use of power and control

–          Pathological Violence: violence due to mental illness, drugs or alcohol abuse, but no use of power and control


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