Unfortunately, domestic violence can exist in intimate or familial relationships throughout the world. Victims and abusers may be of any age, gender, race, orientation, or economic status. When one partner in a relationship uses unethical behaviors to exert power over the other person in the relationship, it's generally considered domestic violence. Spouses, romantic partners, household inhabitants, and children can be victims of domestic abuse.
Domestic violence can occur in an intimate or romantic relationship even if the both parties are not living together. Abuse in a dating relationship can include emotional manipulation, sexual harassment or coercion, and/or physical violence. Stalking can be considered abusive behavior as well. Once the abuser feels he or she has total control of their dating partner, the abuse usually increases in frequency and becomes more harmful.