Definition of domestic violence

Definition of domestic violence

Domestic violence also referred to as domestic abuse is a form of gender-based violence. It occurs when one intimate partner or family member or ex-partner or spouse uses an abusive pattern of behaviour (physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, rule making and emotional, sexual and economic abuse) to gain and maintain power and control over the other person.

Domestic abuse can occur in a marital relationships or live-in relationship and in homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual relationships. It crosses cultural, religious, ethnic, socio-economic and national barriers.