Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors where one partner tries to maintain control of the other through the use of physical force, intimidation and threats.

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Drinking, drugs, genetics, the victim's behavior or stress does not cause domestic violence. It is learned in the home by observation and reinforcement before the age of 10.

Domestic Violence happens in all races, religions and socio-economic groups.

There is also a civil code section under the Domestic Violence Protection Act.

This civil code protects partners who are in dating relationships or same sex relationships.

Share them with your teen and look at them together, or simply pass them on.

Domestic violence doesn’t always involve physical abuse.

An abusive relationship is not abusive at all times. Usually when the abuser feels that the victim is sufficiently "hooked" into the relationship, either through marriage, moving in together or getting pregnant, the abuse starts.

It follows a three-phase cycle known as The Cycle of Violence. The honeymoon phase is what "hooks" the victim back into the relationship and keeps the cycle moving.

It is important to recognize that they are the experts in their relationship, not an outsider. Children who live in homes where abuse occurs are also the victims of the violence.

They may be injured by an act of violence, they feel helpless, blame themselves for not preventing the violence, or for causing it, and also may be abused or neglected.

For women it is being called names (like ugly, fat, stupid) (64.3%) and for men it is having one’s whereabouts tracked (63.1%).