What is Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to gain power and control over another. It affects women, children and men, crossing all cultural, racial, and economic lines, regardless of sexual orientation. Domestic violence also affects children, causing trauma, blame, guilt, shame, physical and emotional illness. It effects communities, impacting public health, crime, and civic participation.
There is nothing domestic about the violence that happens in the home. It is a human rights violation. We deserve and have a right not to be abused, battered, raped, intimidated, made to live in fear or assaulted.
For a victim of Domestic Violence every decision and relationship is impacted by the intimidation, fear, and isolation.
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