Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used by someone to establish power and control over another person in a relationship.

There are many different types of violence and does not necessarily involve physical abuse. Abuse can consist of emotional, psychological, verbal and sexual abuse. Isolation from family and friends so that an individual has no other sources of support is often common in abusive relationships.

Domestic abuse often follows a cyclical pattern in which there are periods of calm, building up of tension and then abuse. Batterers may be apologetic, but as the cycle repeats the abuse usually gets worse over time.

- 1 in 3 women worldwide are victims of domestic violence.

- 1 in 4 women in the United States are victims of domestic violence.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Studies show that child abuse occurs in 30-60% of family violence cases that involve families with children. A child exposed to abuse is at the strongest risk for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next or becoming a victim of domestic violence themselves. Islam, Christianity and Judaism all prohibit domestic violence. Abusers often manipulate religion in order to justify their abuse.