All forms of domestic violence and abuse – psychological, economic, emotional and physical – come from the abuser’s desire for power and control over other family members or intimate partners. Although every situation is unique, there are common factors involved. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence and abuse and it happens in all communities to people from all backgrounds.
The effects of domestic violence and abuse on survivors/victims include the direct effects on them and their relationships with other people, particularly their children. Domestic violence and abuse includes: