DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

WHAT IS IT ?

Domestic violence is a process that settles into intimate relationships and during which a partner develops behaviours that are increasingly violent in order to control, to dominate and to submit the victim against her will. “It is not a loss of control, but rather a chosen means of asserting one’s power over the other…”1 There are different forms of violence that a perpetrator can use and these are generally manifested in a cyclical nature. The impacts of domestic violence are devastating on the mental and physical health of women and children who are victims.