Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive or violent behavior that one partner uses to exert power and control over the other in a marriage, partnership, or intimate relationship.
Violence may appear in the form of sexual assault, threats, coercion, physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional mistreatment, and/or destruction of property.
To learn more about the different forms of abuse and other domestic violence information, please click on the links below.
Power & Control wheel
Immigrant Women Power & Control wheel
Cycle of Violence from Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynchburg, Virginia
Colied Spring of Violence from the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Barriers to Leaving
How to Help A Friend
Guidelines for the Effective Support Person
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Information
LGBT Power & Control wheel