Overview of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, also referred to as Intimate Partner Violence or IPV, is a pattern of behavior an abuser uses against a victim to exert power and control. This can include physical, sexual, psychological, and/or financial abuse. Domestic violence exists in every social, economic, religious and cultural group and affects a range of relationships- married and unmarried, heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Abuse in dating relationships is sometimes called relationship abuse.

The CDC released the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey in November 2011. Read a summary of findings or the full study.

On September 15, 2009, domestic violence programs in the United States participated in the 2009 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. In one 24-hour period, more than 65,000 victims of domestic violence and their children received life-saving services from local domestic violence programs.  Domestic violence experts answered more than 23,000 emergency hotline calls.  In one day alone, 9,280 requests for services went unmet, largely due to lack of funding. Domestic Violence Counts 2009. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services.

This section will help you better understand how domestic violence affects the victim, her children, and the people who care about her. You’ll also find information on safety planning and creating a safe network, whether a victim is in an abusive relationship, trying to leave, or has already left.

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