Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse/family/intimate partner or relationship violence. A pattern of physical, emotional, verbal and or sexual abuse by one person in an intimate relationship or marriage that means harm or tries to dominate and control the other person. An abuser often uses fear, shame, isolation, intimidation, financial control and guilt to keep someone from seeking help. Often threatening to hurt you and or someone you love. The violence does not discriminate as it happens among heterosexual couples, in same-sex partnerships, roommate or caretaker relationships; within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and financial levels.

Publication designed to promote education about partner abuse and relationship violence.

Office for Victims of Crime: Domestic and Family Violence

Rihanna Breaks Her Silences with Diane Sawyer.  ABC News: VIDEO

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown talks with Lesley Stahl about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of a camp counselor. CBS News: VIDEO

The President and Vice President Speak on Preventing Sexual Assault : VIDEO

Help for Crime Victims: Resources

Public awareness posters, 8.5" x 11"— English & Spanish: OVC

Help for Crime Victims: The National Center for Victims of Crime 

Federal Statutes and Laws

Workplaces Respond to Domestic Violence: Make a Pledge

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