Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It is behavior that includes physical, emotional, and psychological or sexual harm, sometimes several of these forms occurring at any one time. Domestic violence does not discriminate. Victims can be of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to people who are married, living together or just dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Women are abused in higher numbers with almost 91 to 95% of adult domestic violence being committed against women by their male partners.
On a typical day in the U.S. in 2021:
2020 STATISTICS IN TEXAS ALONE
SOURCE: Texas Council on Family Violence
Exerting strict control (financial, interaction with family or friends, appearance, mobility).
Emotional abuse including insulting, criticizing, or humiliating in front of other people.
Extreme jealousy, possessiveness, and accusations of lying, cheating, etc.
Signs that your partner is being abusive
Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.
Isolation from family and friends.
Feelings of fear in their presence due to anger, destruction of property, or violent outbursts.
Reference: Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV)