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What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, takes shape in many forms.


Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic, affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.  Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


The Power and Control Wheel, developed by the Duluth Model, portrays types of abusive behavior.


The Colorado Bar Association developed a list of Legal Statutes that apply to domestic abuse.