Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and for some couples it isn’t always sunshine and roses. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner, also referred to as domestic violence.
What is Domestic Violence?
The United States Department of Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence may be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, or technological actions or threats of actions or other patterns of coercive behavior.