Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation.Domestic violence, so defined, has many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be co-morbid with abuse, and present additional challenges in eliminating domestic violence. Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country, and from era to era.
Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.
We serve all individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. In providing our services we do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual/gender identification, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Book Bank Foundation offers services and resources for victims, survivors, and the community by addressing the broad range of issues involved in intimate partner violence. All of our resources are intended to empower you, a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, or community member, to build a safe and healthy community. Follow the links in our blogs and find out more about what constitutes domestic violence; what forms it can take and what dynamics are involved; how to recognize the warning signs; or how domestic violence affects its victims and you. If you have any questions or comments, email us. We will be adding materials to our Resource section on an ongoing basis.