Definition of Domestic and Interpersonal Violence

The Institute of Medicine described interpersonal and domestic violence, including intimate partner violence and childhood abuse, as a pattern of coercive behaviors that may include progressive social isolation, deprivation, intimidation, psychological abuse, childhood physical abuse, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and repeated battering and injury. These behaviors are perpetrated by someone who is or was involved in a familial or intimate relationship with the victim.

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