The number of women and men who have experienced domestic violence in the state of New Hampshire is alarming.
Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure or wound someone.
It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence occurs in both in both heterosexual and LGBT+ relationships and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together or dating. Domestic violence can also have a substantial impact on a victim’s children, family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses and the community at large.