Domestic Abuse Directory
Domestic abuse, also called intimate partner violence, is a pattern of abuse used by one person to control another. This may lead to hitting, hurting, or threatening a partner or spouse. Though often it is physical, abuse may also take the form of controlling, spying on, insulting, or taking sexual advantage of the spouse or partner. If there is a pattern of abuse, the abused partner should seek help. There are many organizations and people who can step in and help the family. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how domestic violence or abuse begins, what the signs are, how to get help, and much more.
Our mental health expert explains why even a one-time smack can be a symptom of long-term problems.
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