Key Elements of Domestic Violence


•Conduct perpetrated by adults or adolescents against their intimate partners in current or former dating, married or co-habitating relationships of heterosexuals, gay men and lesbians.
•A pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks as well economic coercion.
•A pattern of behaviors including a variety of tactics – some physically injurious and some not, some criminal and some not – carried out in multiple, sometimes daily episodes.
•A combination of physical attacks, terrorist acts and controlling tactics used by perpetrators that result in fear as well as physical harm to victims and their children.
•A pattern of purposeful behavior, directed at achieving compliance from or control over the victim.

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