No Excuse For Domestic-Partner Abuse

Whether you've heard of it as "domestic abuse," "battering," "intimate partner violence," or some other terms, domestic abuse is widespread phenomenon in this country. It is defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as "a pattern of assaultive and/or coercive behaviors...that adults use against their intimate partners to gain power and control in their relationship." These behaviors include physical and sexual abuse as well as emotional abuse. Those who are on the receiving end of such abuse are at increased risk for developing serious mental and physical health problems. For these reasons, as well as for the sake of any children who might be involved, abuse victims are urged to seek legal advice and help.