Domestic violence is about control and power and typically is perpetrated by men against women, though the frequency with which men are reporting abuse is on the rise. A recent study Prevention found that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced a form of intimate partner abuse or violence in their lifetime.
Victims of abuse suffer intensely and experience emotional problems that will endure long past the end of the violence. Children in homes where domestic violence is present are more likely to be abused, and even if not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavioral problems. Studies show that children raised in a domestic violence environment are more like to go on to abuse others unless the cycle is interrupted.