Domestic abuse, also called domestic violence or intimate partner violence, can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control).
This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
God requires and commands us to respect and value all His creations, especially those in our family–that is a part of the Kingdom Agenda (Eph 5:1-2).
If you are in danger, please call a One Safe Place or the US National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224, or 911 if it is safe to do so. For more assistance, contact the OCBF Counseling Center at 214-672-9152.
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