Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling, coercive behavior that is destructive to a relationship. Domestic violence can take a number of forms including using coercion and threats, intimidation, isolation, emotional abuse, and economic abuse. Ultimately those behaviors can lead to physical and sexual violence. The violence is not only physically damaging but also psychologically damaging. Over time, it erodes your self-esteem and self-worth which makes it even harder to leave the toxic situation.
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