Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive control used by one person to gain power and control over their partner or family. Dating violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), and other abuses in the home are considered forms of domestic violence.

The Power and Control Wheel is a helpful tool used to define domestic violence and its effects. It was created by the Duluth Abuse Intervention Project in 1980 and has been adapted numerous times to explain relationship dynamics and the nature of abuse, as well as the nature of equality and respect.

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