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Domestic violence (also known as Intimate Partner Violence or IPV) is a pattern of controlling, coercive, intimidating, or manipulative behavior that can include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or financial abuse.

Domestic violence is a serious and widespread problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of physical violence, sexual assault, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of employment or educational level, race or ethnicity, religion, marital status, physical ability, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

Abuse is a purposeful and deliberate behavior where one person uses abusive tactics to gain power and control over another person in an intimate relationship. It is important to remember that abuse is never the victim’s fault and there is help for those who are affected by domestic violence. Without help, the abuse often gets worse over time.

Talking about abuse can be difficult – it is not uncommon to feel embarrassed, confused, and anxious about you’ve experienced. It’s okay to ask for help.

The Rose Andom Center is here to listen to you, to encourage you, and to provide information, support, and help wherever you are in your healing process.