is Domestic Violence (DV)?
of Domestic Violenc
(New Hampshire Coalition
Against Domestic and Sexual Violence )
A pattern of coercive behavior that is used
by one person to gain power and control over another, which
may include physical violence, sexual, emotional and psychological
intimidation, verbal abuse, stalking, and economic control.
source: Family Violence Prevention Fund. Model
Policy on Domestic Violence in the Workplace.
Domestic Violence can take different forms
either in patterns of controlling behavior
and/or illegal behavior,
but its goal is always the same: Abusers want to control their
domestic partners through fear. They do this by regularly
abusing them physically, sexually, psychologically and economically.
Most abusers exhibit a behavior pattern that
is called a cycle of violence.
of Violence has three phases.