An estimated one-third of King County residents will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetimes – and no one is immune to its far-reaching impact. Domestic violence is a pattern of intimidating and coercive behaviors that a person uses to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner. You may also have heard it referred to as intimate partner violence or battering. People who are abusive often cause a great deal of physical, emotional, mental, and financial harm to their partners, children, other family members, and to the community as a whole.
Some of the more common forms of domestic violence include:
- Physical abuse (hitting, pushing, restraining, destroying things, stopping you from leaving)
- Sexual abuse (unwanted touching, restricting birth control, sexual humiliation, forced sexual acts)
- Emotional abuse (withholding affection, put-downs, name-calling, intimidation and threats)
- Psychological abuse (isolation from family and friends, questioning your sanity, stalking, threats of suicide or murder, abusing pets)
- Economic abuse (controlling your money, not allowing you to work, getting you fired)