Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of abuse where one partner in an intimate relationship controls the other through force, intimidation, or the threat of violence. Abusive relationships are based on the mistaken belief that one person has the right to control another. The relationship is based on the exercise of power to gain and maintain control. The dignity of both partners is stripped away.
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