October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Having worked with domestic violence victims and offenders for over a decade, I feel compelled to use this space to address this concern each year. It is critical that we remain educated about the behaviors that constitute domestic abuse, the effects they have on ourselves, our partners, and our children, and resources for help.
Domestic abuse is not just physical violence. The definition includes psychological abuse, threatening, intimidating, isolating, withholding children/affection/support, financial abuse, stalking, and other ways of misusing power to exert control over another’s thoughts and behaviors.