Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior designed to exert power and control over a person in an intimate relationship through the use of intimidating, threatening, harmful, or harassing behavior. Tactics include emotional and verbal abuse, isolation, threats and intimidation, Within the United States, one out of every four American women will experience violence by an intimate partner sometime during her lifetime. One out of every six women will be raped during her lifetime.
Research & Links
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Feminist Majority Foundation, Domestic Violence Facts
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
United States Department of Agriculture, Domestic Violence Awareness Handbook