Definition of domestic violence
Domestic violence is an ongoing pattern of behavior used to gain and maintain power and control over a partner or former partner in an intimate relationship. It impacts individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, ethnicity, economic status, age, or nationality. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, death.
Red flags of domestic or dating violence
Domestic or dating violence can appear in many forms, and regardless of an individual's situation, Waypoint's Victim Advocates are here to help.
Examples of domestic and dating violence abusive behaviors include:
- Jealousy: uses jealousy as a sign of love
- Intimidation: induces fear
- Domination: sets all the rules
- Fault finding: passes judgment and constantly criticizes
Learn more about the signs of abuse and other contexts of domestic violence:
- 10 Red Flags of Domestic or Dating Violence
- Sexual Assault within Domestic Violence
- How to Help a Friend or Family Member
Contact Waypoint for free, confidential help:
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic or dating violence, Waypoint's Victim Advocates are available 24/7 through the Resource & Support Line at 800.208.0388. You deserve to be heard, and Waypoint is here to help.