"The information you will read in this section will help paint a realistic perspective on the manipulation, coercion, and controlling tactics of abusers that will have you asking more effective questions such as: "What did the abuser do to force them to stay?", "How did they force the victim back?", and "What did the abuser do?". Domestic violence is a choice abusers use to gain and maintain power and control. It is never the fault of the victim. Victims do whatever they can to survive and keep themselves and/or their children safe.
What is it?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control. It occurs in all kinds of intimate relationships, including married couples, people who are dating, couples who live together, people with children in common, LGBTQIA relationships, people who were formally in a relationship with the person abusing them, and teen dating relationships."
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