Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics that are used to gain and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship, within families, or in
care giving relationships. Generally, several forms of abuse, such as psychological, emotional, verbal, physical, sexual and/or financial, are used in
combination. This repeated form of control can manifest itself in several ways: intimidation, degrading name-calling, humiliation, isolation, minimizing-denying-blaming the partner, using the children, using male privilege, control of finances, coercion, or threats.