What is Domestic Violence?Disagreements develop from time to time in relationships. But Domestic Violence is not a disagreement. It is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to establish and maintain power and control over the other. These behaviors can become more frequent and intense over time. The abusive person is responsible for these behaviors, and; is the only one who can change them. If you need help or are "in immediate danger" Call 911!
Battering is a pattern of selfish, controlling behavior that one person in a relationship uses to restrict the activity and independence of her/his partner.
It may begin with verbal and emotional abuse:
It will likely escalate to physical/sexual abuse: