Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in an intimate relationship where one partner tries to control and dominate the other. The behavior may be verbally, psychologically, physically or sexually abusive. Assaulting, threatening or stalking an intimate partner is a crime in the state of Connecticut.

Some types of abuse:

• Physical Abuse: hitting, punching, inflicting pain, or threatening to do bodily harm.

• Verbal and Emotional Abuse: putting you down, making you feel bad about yourself.

• Denying, Blaming: making light of the abuse, saying it didn't happen, saying it's your fault.

• Controlling, Intimidating: trying to direct everything in your life, making you afraid of any independent action or thought.

• Sexual Abuse: forcing you to have sex at times, and in ways you do not choose, or insisting you must have sex after a fight "to make up".

Source: Women's Support Services, Sharon, CT




Domestic violence statistics:

• Each year, women experience about 4.8 million domestic assaults and rapes. Men are the victims of about 2.9 million domestic assaults.

• Domestic violence resulted in 1,544 deaths in 2004. Of these deaths, 25% were males and 75% were females.

• 23.6% of women and 11.5% of men have reported being a victim of domestic violence at some time in their lives.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention