What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Impact of Domestic Violence in Our Community

  • Domestic violence is pervasive: more than 1 in 3 women in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in her lifetime (Center for Disease Control, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010).
  • Domestic violence happens in our community: there were 12,875 reported family violence incidents in Tarrant County in 2014 (Texas Department of Public Safety, Crime in Texas 2015). The majority of physical assaults go unreported, and there is no reliable way to measure the emotional and financial abuse survivors endure.
  • Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, or religion. It happens to couples who are married, living together or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Emotional Abuse

  • Name calling and constant criticism
  • Lack of trust, jealousy
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Frequent suspiscion and stalking
  • Controlling finances or employment
  • Witholding of affection as punishment
  • Threats of suicide
  • Threats of taking away children
  • Threats of physical violence
  • Threats of murder
  • Minimizes or denies behavior, explosive or critical reactions

Physical Abuse

  • Damaged property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.)
  • Pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or used strangulation
  • Abandoned in a dangerous or unfamiliar place
  • Reckless driving to induce fear
  • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt
  • Forced to leave home or being forced to stay at home (kept from leaving)
  • Hurt children in relationship
  • Used physical force in sexual situation
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Sexual Abuse

  • Views women as objects and believes in rigid gender roles
  • Accusations of cheating and jealous of outside relationships
  • Rape
  • Forcing unwanted sexual acts
  • Use of weapons during sex
  • Forced sex involving multiple partners
  • Inflicts pain during sex

Financial Abuse

This is a powerful tactic that successfully traps victims in an abusive relationship. It is so powerful that many victims of abuse describe it as the main reason they stayed in an abusive relationship or went back to one.

  • Given an allowance
  • One sided control of finances
  • Hides family assets
  • Runs up debt
  • Interferes with employment
  • Ruins credit of partner


Call SafeHaven’s 24-Hour Hotline: 1-877-701-SAFE(7233) or National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Information compiled from the National Domestic Violence Hotline