What is Abuse?

What is Abuse?

Domestic violence can be a variety of actions and behaviors that are used to exert power and control over a partner within romantic or intimate relationship. Domestic violence is not an isolated incident but rather a pattern of behaviors used over time to keep control of a partner.

Domestic Violence (DV) can be called many things: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Teen Dating Violence (TDV), or Family Violence (FV) in some cases.

It is important to know that domestic violence is a learned behavior and can be found in nearly every culture, society, and economic group in the world. IPV, TDV, or DV is both universal and unique. The overarching patterns, actions, and behaviors to maintain power and control over a romantic partner are largely the same, however every single relationship is different so each survivor story is different.

If you have questions, concerns, or need help, call 1-888-215-5555 and time, night or day, and a trained counselor will walk you through your options. If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.


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Tips for how to have conversation if someone you care about may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship:


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