Dating violence is domestic violence. However, many teens who are the victims of domestic abuse by their romantic partners don't realize that they're being abused until the violence escalates out of control.
Experts say that domestic violence is all about control. The abuser wants to obtain -- or maintain -- his or her power over the victim. That's why it's often possible to spot an abusive relationship in the making -- long before any physical violence starts.
Escaping domestic violence is difficult because abusers are experts at stripping their victims of economic power, supportive relationships and their freedom. However, even when victims do make a break and exert their rights to live without violence and abuse, their abusers don't always give up.
When someone is the victim of domestic violence, a restraining order (also called "an order of protection") is absolutely appropriate. Unfortunately, some people see them as nothing more than a tool to use in order to force a spouse to leave the family home or a method to punish a romantic partner for moving on.
Is it harder for an domestic abuse victim to seek help when his or her abuser is a police officer?
Financial concerns can keep the victim of domestic violence tied to his or her abuser long after he or she is emotionally able to flee the home. No one should have to stay in an abusive environment.
Who is in the best position to really identify the victims of domestic violence and help them? It isn't a social worker or a police officer. It's probably a doctor.
Whenever gun violence happens in the United States, people inevitably look back at the shooter's social media pages and the things that he or she said in the hours and days before the attack and say, "Why didn't someone notice?"
Most people think of domestic violence as something that involves married couples or people who at least live together.
A California woman is now behind bars and waiting on the judge to decide how many years she'll sit there. She fainted when the verdict came back, finding her guilty of attempting to murder her now ex-husband and the father of her child.