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Domestic violence is defined by a pattern of abusive or violent behaviors that a person uses to establish and maintain power and control over another.

This abuse can affect intimate partners in a current or past relationship as well as family members from shared or different households.

The violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, financial, or even digital.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, place of residence, or socioeconomic status.

In this section of the Online Guide for Journalists, you'll find facts and statistics about domestic violence as well as answers to frequently asked questions that can help you better understand the dynamics of domestic abuse.