Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that may include
physical, sexual, economic, emotional, and/or psychological abuse by an
intimate or family member. It crosses all ethnic, racial, socioeconomic,
and sexual orientation boundaries. Because domestic violence usually
takes place in private, many Americans may not realize how widespread it
is. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, conducted
jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the
National Institute of Justice, each year in the United States
approximately 1.5 million women are raped and/or physically assaulted by
their current or former husbands, partners, or boyfriends. Many of these
women are victimized more than once over the course of a year.
To find your local domestic violence program, visit the
Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services website.
July 11, 2012