Domestic Violence (DV)

A pattern of abusive behavior used by one partner to gain power and control over the other partner, which can also occur between family members. It can take various forms, such as physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation, and threats of violence. While emotional, psychological, and financial abuse may not be criminal behaviors, they are still forms of abuse that can lead to criminal violence. DV can range in mode, frequency, and severity, causing psychological or physical harm and the need for treatment. It is essential to recognize and address all forms of domestic violence to protect those affected and prevent further harm.