Domestic Violence, Children, and Collateral Damage
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of physically, sexually and/or emotionally abusive behaviors used by one individual who is, was, or wishes to be in an intimate relationship with another, and which are used as a means to maintain power and control over their partner. Research has taught us that it is not the result of alcohol, substance abuse, stress, or anger. Those are separate issues which often contribute to - but are not the cause of - intimate partner violence. Statistics and research have also taught us that that the victims of intimate partner violence are most often women and that the most dangerous time for these women and their children is when they try to leave an abusive partner.