POWER AND CONTROL
There’s no excuse for abuse; Everyone deserves to be safe.
20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner.
Is the cost of Domestic Violence over 1 victim's lifetime.
Of homeless women & children are fleeing from Domestic Violence.
Domestic violence or intimate partner violence is about one person getting and keeping power and control over another person in an intimate relationship. This happens after a pattern of behavior is established over a short or long period of time in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual, economic, or other forms of abuse to control and change the behavior of the other partner.
It’s incredibly difficult for anyone to leave an abusive relationship; studies show it can take up to 7 attempts for someone to leave an abuser. There are multiple reasons for this; for one thing, leaving the relationship is the most dangerous time, and can trigger the abuser’s desire for power and control in lethal ways. Other reasons can include financial considerations, wanting what’s best for the children, pressure from family or friends to stay, religious beliefs, and many others. Every individual’s situation is unique, and every individual experiencing abuse has their own reasons why they may choose to stay. It’s important to acknowledge that every individual knows their situation best, and has the right to make informed decisions about their safety and well-being.
Domestic violence happens to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, and religions. It occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships. A person’s gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation does not determine whether they can be a victim of domestic violence or an abuser. Economic or professional status does not affect whether someone can commit domestic violence or be the victim of domestic violence.
Domestic violence can vary in how often it happens and how severe an incident can be. Abuse can range from one episode of violence that could have a lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over several decades. Domestic violence is connected to other forms of violence and causes serious health issues and economic consequences for generations.
Power and Control Wheel
These are some of the things that someone experiencing abuse might be going through:
These are behaviors shown in a healthy relationship:
Additional Information on Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Center for Disease Control – Intimate Partner Violence
Women’s Law – National database for legal information
Latinx – National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence
Faith Based – Faith Trust Institute
Information on Technology Safety & Privacy
Information Specific to the Native Community
Information for Crime Victims
National Center for Victims of Crime