Definition: Domestic violence involves violence or abuse by one person against another in a familial or intimate relationship.
Domestic violence is most commonly thought of as intimate partner violence, but can also include violence or abuse from a family member.
The term “intimate partner violence” includes the following acts as inflicted or caused by a current or former intimate partner:
- Actual or threats of physical violence
- Actual or threats of sexual violence
- Emotional or psychological abuse (e.g., name calling or putdowns, threats to “out” a person’s sexual orientation to family, work or friends)
- Stalking (e.g., excessive calls/texts/emails, monitoring daily activities, using technology to track a person’s location)
- Financial abuse (e.g., withholding money, ruining credit, stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job)
- Threats to “out” a person’s sexual orientation to family, work or friends