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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or threatening behavior used by one person against an intimate partner or family member to gain power and control over the victim.

Domestic violence can happen to anyonePartners can be married or not married, living together, separated or dating. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any age, income, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

Recognize signs of abuseAbusive partners use physical and sexual violence, threats, intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation to enforce control and maintain power in a relationship. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Move your mouse over the graphic below to learn more about different forms of domestic abuse and the tactics batterers commonly use.

Get helpIf you are being abused, talk to someone who can help. A domestic violence advocate can help you take the first steps to develop a safety plan to protect you and your family. Planning for your safety is an important process. It is important whether you are staying in the relationship, if you are leaving the relationship, or if you have already left the relationship.

If you are in immediate danger
Call 911

NYC Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.621.HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence hotline 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)