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The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse happens to individuals of every age, race, religion, economic class, education, profession, or sexual orientation. No one is immune to this problem. Most victims of domestic violence, however, are women. Domestic abuse happens so frequently that it has been cited by the U.S. Surgeon General as the leading health risk to women.

Domestic violence occurs within a family or intimate relationship as a way to control another person. Because of fear and the stigma that has historically been associated with domestic violence, many victims have chosen to keep the abuse secret. Domestic violence typically increases in frequency and severity over time. Victims suffer physical injury, live in fear in their homes and lose power over their lives.

Domestic violence typically increases in frequency and severity over time. Find out more: