Domestic violence is a repeated pattern of behaviors of a person over another person in a relationship or household, whether it is whether it is a spouse, a dating partner, a relationship partner, a friend, or a person being taken care of (eg, child or elderly person).  The person uses violence to gain or keep power and control over the other person.
 
Abuse include physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual, mental, verbal, economic, financial, and/or psychological actions.
 
Abuse can happen to anyone, no matter what color your skin is; no matter what sexual orientation you have; no matter what sex you are; no matter what religion you are a member of; no matter whether you are poor, middle class, or rich; no matter what education level you may have.
 
Domestic violence not only affects people who are experiencing the abuse, but their families, children, friends, co-workers, and the community.  It affects EVERYONE!
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