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What is domestic violence?

All relationships have ups and downs, and people in relationships sometimes act in unhealthy or "not nice" ways. But, a relationship is abusive when these behaviors make you feel like you have to do what the other person says or make you feel afraid or in danger.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse that happens between people who are related, dating, living together, married or have kids together. Abuse doesn't just mean hitting or physical violence. It also includes unwanted sexual contact, verbal and emotional abuse.

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