Domestic abuse is behavior by one person in an intimate relationship that tries to control the other partner. Such action can intimidate, frighten, humiliate, isolate and more the victim of the abuse. These behaviors can be emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature and cause emotional pain to the other person. If the abuse is physical, it becomes known as domestic violence.
Domestic abuse/violence is not limited to any portion of society. It happens in all types of relationships, be they heterosexual or same-sex relationships, married or not. It even occurs with dating couples. The most affected by domestic abuse/violence are the children who witness it. Constantly witnessing domestic abuse/violence teaches children that this type of behavior is okay – that it happens in all families. In turn, these children become the abusers or victims of abuse tomorrow.