Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior by an intimate partner where the abuser exerts power and control over the victim. Domestic violence does not have to be physical violence. It also includes mental, economic or sexual violence. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, faith or socio-economic background. Domestic violence also knows no age limits. Although the signs of abuse in older people can be similar to those seen in younger people, some signs may be unique to challenges that elders face.
Domestic Violence in this country is pervasive. In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. 15.5 million children in the United States live in families where domestic violence was perpetrated in the past year. 1,600 women were murdered by an abusive partner last year.