Relationship violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, or educational background.
Violence against women is often accompanied by emotional abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
Domestic violence is a serious threat to the health and safety of women, children and men. The abuse harms more than just the individuals to whom it is targeted. It endangers us all, in our homes, our workplace, our communities, our state, our nation and our world. Each day, countless women and men are abused by a partner; each day, they are called names or threatened with beatings.
It is important that we recognize the vastness of this problem and come to together in an effort to stop it’s occurrence. On these pages, you can find more information relating to the issue of relationship violence, such that you can educate yourself on the warning signs, the societal influence in perpetuating violence, and the various resources available to victims and perpetrators alike.
(Information taken from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, www.ncadv.org)