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What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is violence committed by someone close to the victim. This includes partners and former partners, immediate family members, children, other relatives and friends of the family.

Forms of Domestic Violence.

Forms of domestic violence include the following:

  • Child abuse;

  • Abuse of elders;

  • Honor-based violence, such as honor killings, female genital mutilation ("female circumcision"), and forced marriage;

  • All forms of violence by an intimate partner or former intimate partner, including psychological abuse and stalking;

Victims of Domestic Violence.

Women make up the largest group of victims. However, men, children, and the elderly can also be victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs at all levels of society and in all populations. The violence is usually intentional, but not always.


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