PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY
Definition A pattern of sexual, emotional, psychological or financial abuse of a current or former partner, often punctuated by physical assault, or credible threats of bodily harm, occurring in the home.
Comment As defined in the UK, domestic violence is any violence between partners in an intimate relationship, wherever and whenever the violence occurs. These victims suffer on many levels–health, housing, education, and lack freedom to live meaningful lives without fear.
Risk factors Partner abuses alcohol or drugs; intermittent employment, unemployment; lower education
Perpetrator Former spouse, ex-boyfriend