Domestic Violence

is defined as any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. It may include a single act of violence, or a number of acts forming a pattern of abuse through the use of assaultive and controlling behavior. The pattern of abuse may include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Spiritual abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Criminal harassment (stalking)
  • Threats to harm children, other family members, pets, and property

Intimate Relationship

is defined as between opposite-sex or same-sex partners. These relationships vary in duration and legal formality and include:

  • Current and former dating relationships
  • Current and former common-law relationships
  • Current and former married relationships
  • Persons who are the parents of one or more children, regardless of their marital status or whether they have lived together at any time.


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