Through Life Stages: Professional Counseling Services - Dr.Isabel E. Kaufman Licensed Mental Health Clinical Counselor
 
 
 
Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, and intimate partner  violence (IPV), is a pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate Relationship  such as  marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation. Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be co-morbid with abuse and present additional challenges in eliminating domestic violence.
 Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country, and from era to era. Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.