Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to exert power and control over another person in an intimate relationship. It is a complex, unique situation that may be difficult to fully grasp and understand.
Furthermore, domestic violence affects entire communities, not just those in the relationship. The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year (American Psychological Association). Domestic violence is also a danger to everyone. Fifty-four percent of the 156 mass shootings between 2009 and 2016 were related to domestic violence (Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence).
Here, you can learn more about what domestic violence is, its forms, and the importance of creating a safety plan.