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Before reading, please be aware that this page contains information about domestic violence and intimate partner abuse that may be triggering to some people. If you are in an unhealthy relationship and need support, please call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1.877.782.2873

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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used to maintain power and control over another person. It can happen to anyone without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, or socio-economic status. Abuse can occur in any heterosexual, homosexual, or queer relationships.  However, the relationship does not need to be romantic to experience domestic violence. Elder abuse, sibling abuse, and child abuse all fall into this category as well.


Looking for information about restraining orders, safety planning, and the effect of domestic violence on child? Click here for more helpful information. 

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Intimate Partner Violence vs. Domestic Violence 

Some people use domestic violence and intimate partner violence interchangeably. However, they are distinctly different terms. Domestic violence refers to all abuse that happens within the home. 


Intimate partner violence is a form of domestic violence and refers to intimidation, control, and abuse that can occur within a romantic or sexual relationship. 

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How common is it?

Since 1 in 4 women, 1 in 7 men, and 1 in 3 teenagers have experienced domestic violence, it is very likely that someone you know is currently experiencing it.


However, just because it’s common, does not mean that it is normal. No one should make you feel unsafe in your relationship.

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Does the length of the relationship matter?   

You do not need to be married to your partner or in a long-term committed relationship to experience domestic violence or dating abuse.


You can experience abuse whether you met your partner three weeks ago or have lived with them for numerous years.

How Can Domestic Violence Show Up in a Relationship? 

There is a common misconception that domestic violence is only physical. However, that is not true. There are numerous types of abuse that do not include anything physical. If you are concerned about your relationship and need support, JBWS is always here. 


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