Approximately 33 million (15%) of all U.S. adults admit that they have been a victim of domestic violence. Domestic Violence involves a pattern of abusive or threatening behavior used to gain power and control over another. Domestic violence manifests in many forms including: physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, and legal abuse. Domestic violence often escalates when a victim chooses to leave the relationship, and will continue after separation. This is especially dangerous for victims who have children, and are involved in family court litigation with an abusive partner. Or, those who have contact with an abusive ex partner through
ACEs and the lifelong consequences of trauma American Pediatrics article
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