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.
Domestic Abuse-Topic Overview
Everyone gets angry from time to time. Anger and arguments are normal parts of healthy relationships. But anger that leads to threats, hitting, or hurting someone is not normal or healthy. This is a form of abuse.
To prevent violence be alert to warning signs, such as threats or drunkenness, so that you can avoid a dangerous situation.
Domestic Violence-Why Victims Stay
People who are not abused might find it difficult to understand why anyone would stay in a violent relationship. Women victims are often blamed and labeled as weak and needy. Some people believe that if a person stays in an abusive relationship, she or he must somehow like it or need to be beaten to feel worthy. This is not true of victims of domestic violence.The issue is more complex than ...
Domestic Violence-How to Help
Many victims of domestic violence are willing to talk about their relationship when they are approached in a kind and understanding manner. But don't confront a victim if the person is not ready to talk. Let the person know you are willing to listen whenever she or he wants to talk. Be understanding if the person is unable to leave. He or she knows the situation best and when it is safest to ...
Should You Be Worried if He Hit You Just Once?
Our mental health expert explains why even a one-time smack can be a symptom of long-term problems.
When Intimacy Turns Violent
Abusive behavior is about domination, manipulation and control – and it often starts when a couple is just dating. Learn the signs of physical, emotional, and verbal abuse to protect yourself.
Violence at Home
Every couple fights, but when bruises become part of the picture, getting out before it's too late may save your life. How can you defend yourself against domestic abuse?
Curbing the Violence
Programs to combat dating and domestic abuse are aiming for younger, middle school audiences.