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What is Domestic Violence | SafeHouse Denver

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to control, coerce, intimidate, threaten, manipulate, and/or exert power over a current or past partner. Domestic violence may be physical, emotional, sexual, and economic.

Who does domestic violence affect?

Domestic violence crosses all races, cultures, religions, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic groups. The effects of domestic violence are far reaching. From schools and neighborhoods to businesses and communities, its impact and costs are felt by all of us.

How do I know if someone I care about is a victim of domestic violence?

  • She seems threatened or frightened when her partner is angry.

  • She worries that her partner will be jealous or suspicious.

  • Her partner makes all or most of the decisions.

  • Her partner criticizes her frequently.

  • She apologizes frequently for her partner's behavior.

  • She is withdrawn from friends and family; she seems in a hurry to get home.

  • Her partner takes a strong interest in weapons.

  • Her partner breaks things, throws things, or intimidates her.

  • She may have to quit her job.

  • She or her partner grew up in a violent family.

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