Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other.
A rapist can be a stranger or someone the victim knows including a spouse, date, or family member.
Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence grow up in an environment that is unpredictable, filled with tension and anxiety and dominated by fear.
This can lead to significant emotional and psychological trauma, similar to that experienced by children who are victims of child abuse.
“Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health 35 (August 2004): 124-131.
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