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
- 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.