What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence also known as intimate partner violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person.  This is done through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, economic, and spiritual. Domestic violence often occurs in cycles. This cycle of abuse has a tension phase, explosion phase, and honeymoon phase during which things appear normal. Domestic violence is not just a private matter or a woman’s issue, it is a public health issue that can effect anyone regardless of ethnicity, culture, education, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. The following diagram depicts the unique challenges for South Asian survivors of abuse. Daya’s culturally specific services bridge the cultural divide and address these barriers.