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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an intimate partner to establish and maintain power and control.

Domestic violence occurs every 15 to 18 seconds in the United States.

Understanding the Issue

1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and statistics show that abuse cuts across all lines of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and gender. That means each one of us is affected by this epidemic.

Resources and Additional Information

Looking for more information about domestic violence? Here are a few places to start.

The Facts on Domestic, Dating and Sexual Violence (pdf)

Family Violence Prevention Fund

National Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors

Donate Now 24-hour Crisis Line 503.281-2442
Story Spotlight

My name is Marina. I was in an abusive relationship for 12 years, and married six of those. I experienced abuse at every level, which started after being in the relationship one year. One of the most common questions I’ve been asked is, “Why did you stay so long?”

I was relieved to learn that it takes an average of five to eight attempts to get out of an abusive relationship—my experience was...  Read More »

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