Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.
Abusive domestic partners oftentimes use children to establish or maintain power and control over the victim by physically, emotionally, or sexually abusing the children. Domestic violence can be scary for the whole family, and especially for children who witness the abuse of their parent.