Domestic violence, or intimate partner abuse, is when one person in an intimate relationship uses any means to control the other person. It may take many forms, including emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, or economic abuse. Risk factors for domestic violence include drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, and having a relationship with the victim. Part of treating domestic violence involves keeping the victim safe and developing a safety plan for home and the workplace. Read more: Domestic Violence Article
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- Male Victims of Domestic Violence Often Suffer in Silence
- Kids Get Caught in Deadly Cross-Fire of Domestic Violence
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- State Policies Can Reduce Alcohol-Related Murders
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- Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing
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- Strong Neighborhood Bonds, Less Gun Violence?
- Fewer Bars and Liquor Stores, Less Domestic Violence: CDC
- Research Questions Link Between Media Violence, Violent Behavior
- Health Tip: Why People Seek Counseling
- 1 in 5 U.S. Men Admits to Violence Against Spouse, Partner
- 'Elder Abuse' Often Involves Finances, Study Finds
- 1 in 6 Teens Treated in ER Has History of Dating Violence: Study
- Substance Use at School Could Be Cry for Help
- Study Outlines Emotional Impact of Domestic Violence on Kids
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- Survival Rates Similar After Accidents, Acts of Violence: Study
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- Study Suggests Link Between Domestic Violence, Abortions
- Crimes Against Women Grossly Underestimated, Report Says
- Bone Doctors May Miss Signs of Domestic Abuse, Survey Finds
- Parental Stress, Domestic Violence May Affect Kids' Development: Study
- Domestic Violence Travels Down Through Generations, Study Finds
- Stalking Can Take Mental Toll on Victims, Study Confirms
- Silence, Inaction May Compound Problem of Domestic Violence: Survey
- Drinking Locations Factor Into Partner Violence, Study Says
- 1 in 3 Young Americans Has Suffered Dating Violence: Survey
- 1 in 3 Women Worldwide Suffers Abuse From Partner: Review
- Bullied Kids More Likely to Self-Harm as Teens
- Many U.S. Kids Victims of Violence, Abuse: Survey
- When Teen Dating Turns Abusive and Violent
- Same-Sex Relationships Pose Abuse Risks, Too
- Health Tip: Watch for Signs of Elder Abuse
- Elder Abuse Tied to Higher Hospitalization Rates
- Many Teens Afraid to Intervene in Sexual Assault, Survey Finds
- Poll Finds Broad Support for Tougher Gun Laws
- Many Women Victims of 'Contraceptive Sabotage,' Experts Say
- Task Force Urges Routine Screening of Women for Domestic Violence
- Mental Disorders Linked With Domestic Violence, Study Says
- Teen Dating Violence Linked to Substance Abuse, Depression
- Violence in a Soldier's Past May Up PTSD Risk
- Abused Elderly Likely to Have Brain, Head and Neck Injuries
- Health Tip: Considering Counseling?
- Alcoholism Treatment Saves Families Money
- Routine Screening Won't Cut Rates of Domestic Violence, Study Suggests
- U.S. High Schools Lax in Preventing Dating Abuse: Study
- Screening Women for Domestic Violence Could Help Prevent Abuse
- Leaded Gas Exposure Linked to Later Violence: Study
- Kids Exposed to Bullying and Violence May Age Faster
- Troubled Homes May Fuel Obesity in Girls
- Emotional Trauma May Hurt Toddlers' Later Learning
- Disabled Adults More Apt to Be Victims of Violence: Study
- Brain Development Harmed in Mistreated Kids
- Neurologists Should Screen Patients for Abuse: Experts
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- Domestic Abuse Often Escapes Notice of ER Staff: Study
- Many Adults Report Troubled Childhood Experiences
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- Screening May Not Lessen Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence Harms Long-Term Health of Victims
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