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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by on person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.

Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity) and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

State Resources

  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance: A recognized leader in Virginia’s Response to sexual and domestic violence and a coalition of people and agencies devoted to ending sexual and domestic violence.
  • Virginia Department of Social Services –

National Resources