Defining Domestic Violence

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in an intimate partner relationship used by one person to gain or maintain power or control over their partner. This includes any action that makes the victim feel unsafe, including verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse.  Being free of domestic violence is a basic human right. DVP assists all individuals irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, socioeconomic status or otherwise.