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What Is Domestic Violence



What Is Domestic Violence

What Is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is:

 The willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

—NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Domestic violence includes: physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse.

Intimate partner violence in a lifetime occurs:

For Women

  • 1 in 3 women have been victims of physical abuse
  • 1 in 5 women have been victims of severe abuse
  • And 1 in 7 women have been stalked

For Men:

  • 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical abuse
  • 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe abuse
  • And 1 in 18 men have been stalked

Statistics from the NCADV, the NISVS (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Why Victims Stay              

While there are many biases regarding victims, there is no “typical” profile for anyone at anytime can become a victim. Domestic violence happens no matter what the race, culture, ethnic group, sex, sexual orientation, gender, socio- economic status, religion, nationality, or other specific status. The LGBT population statistics are similar to heterosexual statistics.

Victims may stay in an abusive relationship for various reasons:

  • Financial
  • Emotional
  • Religious
  • Still loving the abuser
  • Not being able to take care of the children alone
  • Fear of retribution
  • Having no place to live
  • Family and friends may have given up and are no longer supportive as they are burned-out by the loved one’s trauma
  • physical and mental health issues

Abuse Can Only Survive In Silence

The only way to address abuse is to start talking about it. Tell your family, friends, bosses.



Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in the fields of mental health, addictions, and co-occurring disorders. Her other specialties include grief and trauma, women’s issues, chronic pain management, holistic healing, GLBTQ concerns, and spirituality and transpersonal psychology. Dr. Anderson has been educated and trained in the fields of education, social work, and spirituality, and she holds a Doctor of Ministry degree (non-denominational/interfaith) specializing in spirituality.

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