Domestic violence is behavior used by one person in a relationship to control the other person. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. Emotional and physical abuse is often associated with domestic violence.
Domestic violence can take many shapes and forms and can happen all the time or only once in a while. An important step toward helping yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping domestic violence is recognizing the warning signs. These include:
Many people believe domestic violence laws only protect a wife from being physically abused by her husband. But the law today is much broader. Many states have expanded the definition of domestic violence to protect other groups of people, including:
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