Domestic Violence | Culture of Abuse
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Domestic Violence

Definition and Summary



Anyone can be the target of domestic violence, regardless of age, race, economic status, gender, or sexual preference. Domestic violence is pattern of coercive control that includes emotional, financial, and physical abuse, and a number of other behaviors intended to control the other person. Without physical violence, many people don’t realize they are in an abusive relationship. Many have questions such as why do victims stay, and can abusers change. The resources provided here offer further descriptions of domestic violence as well as options, support, and insight about this often hidden epidemic. Nobody deserves to be abused.



“Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” Excerpt from The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, see full definition here.



Internet and Computer Safety (NNEDV)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

No More

Family Violence Prevention & Services Resource Centers *A comprehensive list of resources.

US and Territorial Coalitions (NNEDV)

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Feminist Majority Foundation *Comprehensive list of resources

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health *Comprehensive list of resources

Trauma Informed Advocacy

Battered Women’s Justice Project: Training, policy and practice, and more resources.

Joyful Heart Foundation: Domestic Violence

Information about VAWA from NNEDV

The National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence

The Network La Red

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Voices of Men

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Domestic Violence by Police officers Model Policy

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Ignite: “IGNITE’s main goal is to support the needs of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual violence”

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Deaf Services

Deaf Abused Women’s Network

National Center for Victims of Crime: Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities