1. What is meant by domestic violence?
Domestic violence can be defined to include any violence in the home, including between adult children and other adult family members. However, most people use the term to mean any abusive, threatening or violent behavior between one intimate partner and another.
2. Who is affected by domestic violence?
Domestic violence can happen anywhere to anyone of any race, religion, culture or economic status. Domestic violence affects both partners, their children, other family members, friends and colleagues. Domestic violence can occur in ANY intimate relationship, including same-sex relationships and including by women towards men.
However, most domestic violence is committed by a MAN against a WOMAN.
Domestic violence is dangerous. Too often, conflicts escalate into injury or death.
3. What about the social issues involved?
Despite the exceptions, gender is very relevant in understanding the social issues that lead to domestic violence. There is a common perception in many societies that domestic violence is the woman's FAULT. While this perception is changing, this belief is often shared by women as well as men.