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Domestic Violence Abuse Intervention

Domestic Violence Abuse Intervention

Domestic violence is a term used to describe violence and abuse by family members or intimate partners such as a spouse, former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, or date. Other terms used for domestic violence include the following:

  • Intimate partner abuse
  • Family violence
  • Child abuse
  • Battering
  • Courtship violence
  • Marital rape
  • Date rape
  • Stalking


Domestic violence can take many forms, but involves using intimidation and threats or violent behaviors to gain power and control over another person. Usually, the abusive person is a male, and women are often the victims; however, domestic violence occurs against males. Child abuse, elder abuse, and sibling abuse are also considered domestic violence.