What is domestic violence/abuse?

Abuse in a relationship refers to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by an abuser towards their partner that is designed to control another human being through the use of fear, humiliation, and verbal or physical assaults.

Examples of abuse include:

  • name-calling or put-downs
  • keeping a partner from contacting family or friends
  • withholding money
  • stalking
  • intimidation
  • actual or threatened physical harm
  • sexual assault

Domestic violence takes many forms and can happen all of the time, or once in a while. An important step to help someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is to learn more about it. Contact AWARE for more information and for available resources at 1-800-478-1090.

Visit the Duluth Model’s website to learn more about the Power and Control Wheel in Relationships and to see the “Wheel Gallery.”