domestic violence

Domestic violence can be summarized as defined by the FBI as “behavior in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner in a relationship.”1

Behavior used by one person in a relationship to hurt or dominate the other. Domestic violence can include physical violence and sexual assault (which are crimes that can be prosecuted), intimidation, emotional abuse, and isolating the victim from others. Applies to partners whether they are married or unmarried, straight or gay, living together or simply dating.2


If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is a victim, please:

  • Call the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Or visit and chat with those who can help at

For more information about Domestic Abuse visit The Recovery Village Domestic Violence Resources.

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Male victims of domestic abuse can find support and information on this Innerbody Research article.

Additional support for victims of domestic abuse can be found on this online guide.