Domestic violence is most commonly thought of as intimate partner violence, but can also include violence or abuse from a family member.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together o who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Actual or threats of physical violence
Actual or threats of sexual violence
Emotional or psychological abuse
Threats to “out”
- Current or former spouses
- Boyfriends or girlfriends
- Dating partners
- Sexual partners
- Domestic violence can occur in heterosexual and same-sex relationships.