Domestic violence is defined by a pattern of behavior used to gain and maintain control over a partner. Intimate partner violence is not limited to physical abuse. It often includes sexual, emotional, psychological, and economic abuse. Through actions (and sometimes just the threat of action) one partner asserts control over the other using manipulation, humiliation, blame, and fear.
The #metoo movement has been pivotal in bringing awareness to the prevalence of domestic & sexual violence in our society. Increased focus has come to criminal justice and workplace issues, yet little public attention has been placed on the long lasting effects that trauma and PTSD can leave on a survivor.
This violence, and it’s aftermath affect all populations and people in all types of relationships, from all different cultural backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and sexual identities. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 1 in 3 women will experience violence in a relationship during her lifetime. However, since only 1/4 of all physical assaults, 1/5 of all rapes, 1/2 of all stalkings perpetuated against women by intimate partners are even reported, the number of survivors is likely much higher.
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