What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior
used to establish power and control over another person through fear
and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
Battering happens when one person believes he or she is entitled to
control another. Assault, battering and domestic violence are crimes.
Battering escalates. It often begins with behaviors like threats,
name-calling, violence in the presence of the other (such as punching a
fist through a wall), and/or damage to objects or pets. It may escalate
to restraining, pushing, slapping, and/or pinching. The battering may
include punching, kicking, biting, sexual assault, tripping, throwing.
Finally, it may become life threatening with serious behaviors such as
choking, breaking bones, or the use of weapons.