Information for Patients
Domestic violence is a type of abuse. It usually involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be a child, older relative, or other family member.
Domestic violence may include
- Physical violence that can lead to injuries such as bruises or broken bones
- Sexual violence
- Threats of physical or sexual violence
- Emotional abuse that may lead to depression, anxiety, or social isolation
- Economic abuse, which involves controlling access to money
- Stalking, which causes fear for your own safety
The first step in getting help is to tell someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, or co-worker. You can also contact your doctor or another health care professional, an emergency shelter, or a domestic violence helpline.
The first step in getting help is to tell someone you trust.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention