What is domestic violence?
In general, domestic violence is the improper use of force by one household or family member against another; a coercive threat to use improper force; or the withholding of some necessary item, such as food, money, shelter, transportation, or affection, for the purpose of obtaining sex or some other benefit. Long-term use of such behaviors by men is often called “battering behavior” and is used to control many or all aspects of a relationship. It often includes assaults, sexual assaults, and financial control. The “technology” of this coercive regime, according to one author, includes isolation, denigration, control, and physical abuse of the victim by the perpetrator. Violence may also be initiated by women.