About Domestic Violence

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Call our free and anonymous domestic violence hotline:

  • New Orleans: 504-866-9554
  • Louisiana: 1-888-411-1333

What is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.

Other terms for domestic violence include intimate partner violence, battering, relationship abuse, spousal abuse or family violence.

Types of Domestic Violence



Inflicting or attempting to inflict physical injury

Examples: grabbing, pinching, shoving, slapping, hitting, biting, arm-twisting, kicking, punching, hitting with blunt object, stabbing, choking (attempted strangulation), or shooting

Withholding access to resources necessary to maintain health

Examples: medication, medical care, wheelchair, food or fluids, sleep, hygienic assistance, forcing alcohol or other drug use


Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact without consent

Examples: marital rape, acquaintance rape, forced sex after physical beating, attacks on the sexual parts of the body, forced prostitution, fondling, sodomy, sex with others

Attempting to undermine the victim’s sexuality

Examples: treating him/her in a sexually derogatory manner, criticizing sexual performance and desirability, accusations of infidelity, withholding sex


Instilling or attempting to instill fear

Examples: intimidation, threatening physical harm to self, victim, and/or others, threatening to harm and/or kidnap children, menacing, blackmail, harassment, destruction of pets or property, mind games, stalking

Isolating or attempting to isolate victim from friends, family, school, and/or work

Examples: withholding access to phone and/or transportation, undermining victim’s personal relationships, harassing others, constant “checking up”, constant accompaniment, use of unfounded accusations, forced imprisonment


Undermining or attempting to undermine victim’s sense of worth

Examples: constant criticism, belittling victim’s abilities and competency, name-calling, insults, put-downs, silent treatment, manipulating victim’s feelings and emotions to induce guilt, subverting a partner’s relationship with the children, repeatedly making and breaking promises

Financial / Economic

Making or attempting to make the victim financially dependent

Examples: maintaining total control over financial resources including victim’s earned income or resources received through public assistance or social security, withholding money and/or access to money, forbidding attendance at school, forbidding employment

 Source: New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence