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What is Domestic Abuse?


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 can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

  • One in four women nationally will report domestic violence.
  • On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day.
  • One in five teens reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. 

What Is Stalking?


Repeated or unwanted behavior from an individual that is harassing, intimidating, or threatening.  Stalking is most common in intimate partner relationships.  Many times there will be an increase in stalking behavior upon leaving a controlling relationship.

  • 6.6 million people are stalked each year in the United States.
  • 3 in 4 stalking victims are stalked by someone they know.
  • 76% of women who are murdered by their partners had been stalked in the year prior to being killed.
  • Physical abuse and stalking together indicate a higher threat of homicide than either behavior alone.

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. shall make every effort to provide services to eligible individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, gender, disability status, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, immigration status, language spoken, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.

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