What is Domestic Violence?

 

Domestic Violence is any pattern of behavior within an intimate relationship used by one partner to coerce, dominate or isolate another person, or the exertion of any form of power that maintains control in an intimate relationship.  Domestic violence may include but is not limited to emotional, psychological, physical, economic, sexual abuse and social isolation.  Domestic violence happens in every part of LGBTQ communities to people of all genders and of every race, ethnicity, class, age, ability or disability, education level, and religion.