What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is the willful use of intimidation, physical, sexual, psychological and/or emotional violence and abuse as a means to assert control and power over one's partner. Although the frequency and severity may vary, efforts to maintain power and control are consistent. This affects people in every community without regard to age, socio-economic status, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
Domestic violence can result in physical and emotional injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. These consequences can cross generations and last a lifetime.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, please talk to someone you trust or call
the National Domestic Violence Hotline (available 24 hours a day/7 days a week):
Domestic Violence Council
Los Angeles LGBT Center
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Peace Over Violence