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Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of people in intimate relationships. The U.S. feminist movement of the 1970s brought attention to the nature and prevalence of domestic violence, and the term gained prominence. Domestic violence refers to violence, intimidation, and harm perpetrated by one person against another or others with whom the person is in a relationship. Typically, the term refers to incidents and patterns of terrorization in the home, within a family unit, and between those with personal connections. Domestic violence often involves a cycle of recurring acts that escalate so that the perpetrator cultivates and maintains power and control over the victim/s.