Domestic Violence, Definition(s) of

  • A (36)
  • B (19)
  • C (58)
  • D (26)
  • E (34)
  • F (43)
  • G (20)
  • H (19)
  • I (27)
  • J (11)
  • K (1)
  • L (16)
  • M (27)
  • N (18)
  • O (18)
  • P (33)
  • Q (5)
  • R (30)
  • S (59)
  • T (16)
  • U (4)
  • V (7)
  • W (39)

“Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one intimate partner uses physical violence, coercion, threats, intimidation, isolation, and emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner in a relationship. Stalking or other harassing behavior is often an integral part of domestic violence” (FBI, 2001).

“Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse” (Safe Horizon, 2007).

“Domestic violence may include not only the intimate partner relationships of spousal, live-in partners and dating relationships, also familial, elder and child abuse may be present in a violent home. Abuse generally falls into one or more of the following categories: physical battering, sexual assault and emotional or psychological abuse, and generally escalates over a period of time” (National Coalition against Domestic Violence, 2005).

Glossary Source: 

National Coalition against Domestic Violence. (2005). The Problem. Retrieved on July 5, 2007, from:

Safe Horizon. (2007). Domestic violence and abusive relationships. Retrieved on June 28, 2007, from:

United States Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Center for the Analysis of Violence Crime (NCAVC), Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG). Workplace violence: Issues in response. Retrieved on June 28, 2007, from: