Definition

Domestic Violence (DV) or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is…

  •  a pattern of behaviors in which one person exerts power and coercive control over their spouse or partner.
  • never a one-time incident. Domestic violence is a PATTERN of behaviors that typically escalates as the relationship continues.
  • not always physical abuse. Abusers use a range of behaviors to maintain control – including verbal, emotional, psychological, spiritual, financial, sexual and physical forms of abuse.