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Definition of Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says, 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. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

More Information

The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence has information regarding the cycles of abuse, and how it affects us, on their website. Two of the charts are below, The Cycle of Abuse, and The Power and Control Wheel. Please reach out to us if you need help.

Power and Control Wheel Cycle of Violence

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