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Domestic Violence Can Happen to Anyone

Domestic violence is when one partner has a pattern of using words and actions to hurt, threaten, and/or humiliate the other partner in order to gain and maintain control over their intimate partner.

Intimate Partnerships Defined:

Womencare Shelter considers intimate partners to be those that have a:

  • Current or former dating relationship
  • Current or former cohabitant relationship
  • Current or former marriage
  • Child in common
Types of abuse »

Cycle of Abuse


Power and Control Wheel

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