Domestic violence is when one person maintains power and control over a romantic/intimate partner or a family member through a wide range of abusive behavior. The abuser uses tactics that intimidate, frighten, terrorize, humiliate, blame, or injure the person they are trying to control. They might control the person's access to money (economic abuse), insult or manipulate them (emotional abuse), or sexually and/or physically hurt them. It can happen to anyone of any age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, education level, or socioeconomic background.
This definition of domestic violence has been adapted from the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. The original definition can be found here.
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