noun: domestic violence
violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic violence is: “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other“.