Overview

American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Domestic violence is a pattern of threatening or controlling behavior imposed on a woman by an intimate partner without regard for her rights, feelings, body, or health.

American Psychiatric Association

Domestic violence is control by one partner over another in a dating, marital or live-in relationship. Domestic violence occurs in every culture, country and age group.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Intimate partner violence (IPV) occurs between two people in a close relationship. The term “intimate partner” includes current and former spouses and dating partners. IPV exists along a continuum from a single episode of violence to ongoing battering.

JAMA Patient Page: Intimate Partner Violence

More than 4 million women each year in the United States are physically harmed by their husband, boyfriend, or other intimate partner. 

Mayo Clinic

Domestic violence is a serious threat for many women. Know the signs of an abusive relationship and how to leave a dangerous situation.

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