Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors in which an individual tries to control the thoughts, beliefs, or actions of an intimate partner (or person with whom s/he has significant relationship). It can include, but is not limited to, any or all of the following forms of abuse: physical, sexual, verbal, psychological/ emotional, and financial.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health defines domestic violence as: “Behavior which physically harms, arouses fear, or prevents a victim from doing what he/she wishes. It is the intent of the abusive behavior to undermine the will of the victim and to substitute the will of the perpetrator for the will of the victim. Perpetrators batter victims to achieve and maintain power over their victims.”
Why get help?
Abuse in an intimate relationship tends to get worse over time. It is an extremely serious problem, which can escalate to the point of serious injury and even murder. If you or someone you know is being abused, please seek assistance!
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