Domestic Violence is an abuse of power perpetrated mainly (but not only) by men against women both in a relationship and after separation.

It occurs when one partner attempts to physically or psychologically dominate and control the other.

Domestic Violence takes a number of forms and the most commonly acknowledged forms are:

- Physical violence
- Sexual Violence
- Threats/Intimidation
- Emotional and social abuse
- Economic deprivation
- Pet abuse (the tactic of threatening to harm or kill your pet animal or actually doing it)

Domestic Violence is a phenomenon based in and perpetuated by existing societal conditions and social relations which reflect gender inequality and promote male power.

Domestic Violence occurs across all cultural and socioeconomic groups.

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