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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse


Domestic violence and abuse refer to the exertion of power over, or the controlling and demeaning of, someone in an intimate, family or kinship relationship, especially within the home setting. The extent to which the terms cover verbal, sexual, emotional and psychological, as well as physical, threat, intimidation or harm, is debated.


A number of debates are associated with the definition and meaning of the terms ‘domestic violence’ and ‘domestic abuse’. Some commentators argue for a limited description that is restricted to actions that result in physical injury, whereas others prefer a broader definition that includes psychological and emotional harm, and sexual harassment as well as sexual abuse. There are also discussions about whether definitions or forms of domestic ...

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